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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,08 2010 - tech 
GTX 480 Unigine and 3D Vision Surround Demo - tech
(hx) 08:12 PM EST - Mar,08 2010 - Post a comment / read (4)
Tom Petersen Director of Technical Mkt at NVIDIA describes how the performance of GeForce GTX 480 compares to existing solution. Tom also offers a quick peak at how 3DVision Surround is pushing PC gaming forward:

Bad Company 2 GPU Performance In-depth - tech
(hx) 04:28 PM EST - Mar,08 2010 - Post a comment
The chaps over at TechSpot ran some benchmarks on a range of graphics cards putting Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to the test. Here's a bit:
Although Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a very demanding game, it is not nearly as horrible on hardware as Crysis. For example, at 2560x1600 using maximum visual quality settings with 2xAA/4xAF the Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire setup averaged 74fps in this new game. The exact same hardware averaged just 48fps in Crysis Warhead with AA/AF settings disabled. 2 Another example using the GeForce GTX 260 saw a 47fps average when testing with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 at 1680x1050, while playing Crysis allowed for just 33fps with AA/AF disabled.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 doesn't scale down very well, as we saw roughly a ~5 fps performance gain when going from the high to the medium quality preset. At the same time, there was very little difference in graphics quality or detail. When going from the medium to the low quality settings we saw anywhere from a 10 – 20fps increase, which allowed graphics cards as slow as the Radeon HD 4830 or GeForce GT 240 to deliver an acceptable level of performance at 1680x1050.

We also tried running some of the slower cards at a 1280x1024 resolution at high and medium settings, but the performance boost was not very significant. Similarly than when going from high to medium, a ~5 fps average increase was noted when decreasing the resolution. Like many first person shooters the CPU doesn't play a huge role in this game's performance, therefore a decent dual-core processor should be enough to power even the latest graphics cards at full speed. As the resolution was increased the game became even more GPU bound, removing the CPU from the equation almost entirely.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,06 2010 - tech
TechNews - Apple iPad Available April - tech
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  • Intel launches Core i7-930, Atom N470 CPUs - Intel's finally concocted a replacement for the Core i7-920, the last remaining Bloomfield CPU from Intel's November 2008 launch. The Core i7-930 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. Besides the new i7, Intel's also rolled out a new Atom CPU. The N470 is based on Intel's PineView platform. It's a single-core CPU clocked at 1.83GHz with 512K of cache. Official price is $75, making it the priciest Atom CPU Intel offers at the moment. TDP is 6.5 watts.
  • Athlon II X4 635: Quad-Cores Are In - All results summed up, it's obvious that the performance of Athlon II X4 635 CPU are in general much closer to the much more expensive Core i5 661 model than the price-matched Core i3 530. The memory controller brought Athlon advantage in memory tests, both in terms of latency and performance.
  • Newegg Selling Fake Intel CPUs? - HardOCP's forum user Nix reported he bought an Intel Core i7 model 920 from Newegg earlier this week. When he got his CPU opened, he found out that it seems everything in the box is "fake"...including the box. Heh? :-)
  • AMD 890GX SB850 Chipset Debut: Phenom II X6 Ready - Gigabyte's first AMD offering based on the latest 890GX chipset is an absolutely phenomenal motherboard. Not only does it come with the latest technologies, such as USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and the ATI Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics processor, but it also right out of the box comes with more horsepower than the previous generation of AMD Mainboards and has features that will appeal across a wide spectrum of users. With a higher level of performance, it was repeatedly the top performer in both games and benchmarks.
  • Western Digital RE4-GP 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Tested - TechARP takes a further look at the Western Digital RE4-GP 2 TB Hard Disk Drive. Thanks to its 'possibly' higher spindle speed, dual processors and large 64 MB buffer, the Western Digital RE4-GP hard disk drive was able to trump the phenomenally fast Samsung Spinpoint F1 and Western Digital VelociRaptor hard disk drives, even though they have much higher spindle speeds of 7200 RPM and 10,000 RPM respectively.
  • HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast - Topics include the new 890GX chipset from AMD, Western Digital's SiliconEdge Blue SSD, some fun with ATI's Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition and 6-screens, and porting Quake II and Quake III to the Motorola Droid.
  • Office 2007 Promo - Customers who purchase and activate qualifying Office 2007 products between March 5 and September 30, 2010 can receive a free download of the corresponding Office 2010 product when Office 2010 is released, or purchase a product disc for a fee.
  • Opera 10.50 released, worlds fastest browser - Opera 10.50 includes a new sleek, refined design, including private browsing, so users can surf anonymously. 
  • Internet Explorer 9 to introduce broader support for HTML5 - Monkey_Bites has posted an article about Internet Explorer 9 and what we can expect from it. Microsoft is expected to push IE9 with force at its MIX conference in about a week and a half. Microsoft will showcase early builds of IE9 and some of the features we can expect from it.
  • Internet Explorer 6 funeral held, Microsoft sends flowers - Internet users from all around gathered today to finally lay Internet Explorer 6 to rest, in it’s very own funeral. IE6 (support) was officially killed on March 1, 2010, almost 8.5 years after it’s initial release. IE6 supporters attended the funeral, even with a special gift from the Internet Explorer team themselves, flowers.
  • Famous in an hour, because of a single tweet - If you have ever wondered if you can instantly become the next Internet celebrity in an hour, the answer is yes, and it was all done from a single “tweet”. Conan O’Brian changed a girls life forever, by making her the only person he is following on twitter, and posting about it.
  • New Microsoft Courier tablet video leaked - The Courier looks like it will be set up in a direct battle with the Apple iPad. It has been designed to be a very portable and mobile device with a weight of just over a pound and a thickness of under an inch. When closed its footprint will be a little larger than a 5" by 7" photo. Unlike previously believed, the device isn't based on Windows 7 and instead will run a similar mobile operating system to that used on the Zune HD, Windows Mobile 7 Series and the recently confirmed "Project Pink" devices, why could suggest use of Microsoft's Metro UI. As with the Zune HD, the Courier is expected to use a Tegra 2 chip. The Courier will also include a built-in camera, headphone jack and stylus, the latter to support its pen-centric interface, which is also designed to include finger touch and gesture controls.
  • Apple iPad Available April - Apple announced that its iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple's online store or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store. Prices start at $499. All about the Apple iPad (FAQ) can be found here.
  • Microsoft: New Windows 7 phones won't run older programs - Emphasizing its departure from its previous generation of mobile devices, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said its new Windows Phone 7 Series devices won't run programs from older versions of Windows-based phones. That break means thousands of applications designed for older Microsoft phones will not work on the new ones, and Microsoft will have to start from the beginning in the increasingly intense race for dominance in mobile applications.
  • Microsoft confirms no Windows Phone 7 for HD2 - Pocket-lint has received word from Microsoft's Oded Ran that there are no plans to upgrade the HD2. Not only that, but even devices made from here onward that meet WP7S requirements won't necessarily be upgraded either. However, all phones that come with WP7S loaded will be able to receive future OS upgrades.
  • YouTube adds video captions for deaf - The Google-owned company said this use of speech recognition technology is probably the biggest experiment of its kind online.
  • UK bill may ban public Wi-Fi - According to ZDNet UK, the British could be slapped with a major annoyance. The Digital Economy Bill, which is aimed to stop copyright infringement, may pose serious problems for small businesses, universities, and libraries.
  • Hyundai Super Bowl XLIV Advertising Commercials - At question is a Hyundai Sonata commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl that linked the company's new-for-2011 sedan to all things luxurious. About four seconds into the spot, a brown basketball with gold symbols is shown. Forgive us if we didn't immediately notice that the design of the ball is strikingly similar to the colors and symbols of Louis Vuitton, but the world-famous couture company caught on right away. So... are they excited about the free press during the Super Bowl? Not so much.
  • BMW gets cute, takes dig at Audi in the classroom (video) - Is Efficiency and Dynamic really a contradiction? Well...sometimes it's not.
  • BMW S 1000 RR pulls off the old tablecloth trick (video) - Just how is BMW planning to remove said tablecloth? Using a new S 1000 RR superbike, that's how!
  • Full-Length Trailer for Gunless with Paul Gross - Gunless is written and directed by Canadian filmmaker William Phillips, of the feature films Treed Murray and Foolproof previously. This was shot last year in and around British Columbia. Alliance Films is bringing it to Canadian theaters in March, but it doesn't have a US distributor yet.
  • Second Official Prince of Persia Trailer - Disney has debuted the second official trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Tamina, Alfred Molina, Ben Kingsley, & Toby Kebbell. Disney will be bringing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to theaters everywhere starting on May 28th, 2010 this summer.
  • Red Band Trailer for Harry Brown with Michael Caine - Here's a trailer you'll definitely want to see. Harry Brown is the new British film that's sort of like Taken but with Michael Caine (Alfred!) instead of Liam Neeson. The Samuel Goldwyn Company is bringing Harry Brown to limited US theaters starting on April 30th this spring. Looks pretty good, right?
  • Two Brand New TV Spots for Clash of the Titans - Warner Brothers will be bringing Clash of the Titans to regular 2D and 3D theaters everywhere starting on April 2nd.
  • Legend of the Guardians Trailer Online - Pictures has now brought online the trailer for director Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians, opening in 3D theaters and IMAX 3D on September 24.
  • Irina Sheik on the beach in a bikini! - Irina Sheik is just some hot ass chick that looks stunning in a bikini!
  • Audrina Patridge's Sexy FHM Bikini Photos - Featured in their April issue, Audrina is the definition of vapid, yet still so perfect.
  • Marisa Miller Is Smokin' In Vegas Magazine - Victoria's Secret Angel Marisa Miller is stunningly hot in this photo shoot for Vegas magazine.
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,05 2010 - tech
196.75 Driver causes massive overheat - tech
(hx) 04:31 AM EST - Mar,05 2010 - Post a comment / read (11)
According to Blizzard's Tech Support the latest NVIDIA drivers are causing fan control to not work correctly and causes massive overheat. StarCraft II Beta might kill your PC or card literally. So, if you already installed it, uninstall it and downgrade to the previous version. Yeah, it's that serious. Many players are reporting their PCs or graphic card have died. It also affects all Blizzard games, so heed the call and safe your hardware's life.
We're getting reports where users are getting intermittent low FPS after installing these drivers. It seems that it is related to the fan control included in these drivers not working correctly and is causing the video card to overheat on 3D applications. This will affect Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 Beta. Please uninstall the drivers and revert back to the older ones.

Windows XP: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_196.21_whql.html
Windows XP 64-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_196.21_whql.html
Windows Vista/7 32-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_196.21_whql.html
Windows Vista/7 64-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_64bit_196.21_whql.html

More information can be found on threads such as these:
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161525
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161503

One of these gamers reported insane egg-cooking temperatures as high as 104'C. Among the complaints found in the Starcraft II Beta forums are the following: 'General ScreenshotMy GPU is going almost 100% usage and my temperatures are at 104'C, 1C below max. I'm wondering if it's because StarCraft 2 beta REALLY is a demanding game, or if it's overusing my GPU . Fans are always @ 100% and side case is off. My normal temps for (halo, mw2, oblivion are 80-90C.) in Window mode or fullscreen, doesn't matter. - Velakan.velakan'
IncGamers reached NVIDIA's PR for an official statement and they replied:
We are aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues with the latest 196.75 WHQL drivers on NVIDIA.com. Until we can verify and root cause this issue, we recommend that customers stay with, or return to 196.21 WHQL drivers. Release 196.75 drivers have been temporarily removed from our Web site in the meantime.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,02 2010 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v196.75 - tech
(hx) 06:56 PM EST - Mar,02 2010 - Post a comment / read (2)
Nvidia has released WHQL-certified Forceware drivers v196.75 for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and Ion-series GPUs running on Windows XP, Vista or 7. These drivers adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340 graphics cards and have a ton of bug fixes that are worth having. This driver adds SLI and multi-GPU support in games like Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
New in Version 196.75
 * Adds support for Next Generation ION.
 * Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
 * Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
 * Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 1.0.9.1 (for supported GPUs).
 * Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

Performance:
 * Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
 * Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
 * Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
 * Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
 * Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
 * Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
 
Generic:
 * Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
 * Enhanced SLI support for World of Warcraft and Unigine.
 * Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
 * Includes numerous bug fixes.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,26 2010 - tech
CryENGINE 3 Demonstration Video - tech
(hx) 08:03 PM EST - Feb,26 2010 - Post a comment
The Crytek website offers a new CryENGINE 3 demonstration video. The 73.9MB download can be found here.
This I3D 2010 paper is a result of collaborative research with Carsten Dachsbacher. The LPV technique was extended to support secondary occlusion and multiple bounces. The propagation scheme is improved and compared to similar Discrete Ordinate Methods. Also this paper describes many additional application and implementation details.
FYI, NVIDIA has now clarified that March 26 is also the official launch date for GeForce GTX 470/480 cards.
TechNews - Is Your Life Just One Big RPG? - tech
(hx) 02:28 PM EST - Feb,26 2010 - Post a comment / read (2)
  • AMD's six-core Thuban to launch on April 26? - OCWorkbench claims AMD has set a date for the release of its six-core Thuban processors: April 26. If we can trust details that slipped out last month, however, Thuban will debut in three variants branded Phenom II X6 1035T, Phenom II X6 1055T, and Phenom II X6 1075T. All three processors should be compatible with AM2+ and AM3 sockets, so they may work in existing AMD motherboards. In addition, OCWorkbench also claims that suggested Thuban will be capable of 'overlcocking' individual cores in the same fashion as Intel's Turbo Boost technology.
  • NVIDIA Fermi GeForce GTX 470/480 cards scarce at launch? - DigiTimes reports thats second-tier graphics card makers are unlikely to start shipping large volumes of NVIDIA Fermi based graphics cards until April. It's unclear, then, whether the second-tier delay is an attempt by NVIDIA to control the Fermi market or merely a symptom of previous delays that have affected the platform. XFX and PNY are apparently already confirmed to be among the first wave of GeForce GTX 470/480 card manufacturers, with prices expected to be around $499.99 and $679.99 respectively.
  • GeForce GTX 400-series cards listed for sale - Sabre PC is currently listing no fewer than three cards: two GeForce GTX 480 models from XFX and PNY alongside one PNY GeForce GTX 470. The price tags are quite intimidating, perhaps as a result of the listings' pre-order status. Sabre PC charges $679.99 for both GTX 480 cards and $499.99 for the lone GTX 470. For reference, AMD's two fastest graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5870 and 5970, cost around $399.99 and $649.99, respectively. So, this is going to be like 600 euros for us europeans. Great, I'll keep waiting for something more powerful than a 5850 for 250 or so, even if that takes another year, and I have to skip another GPU generation.  Howewer, Nvidia hints leaked GF100 prices are bogus. Well, if we're to believe the folks at Nvidia, those figures aren't representative of what Fermi-based GeForces will actually cost when they officially launch on March 26. The company provided the following statement about GTX 400-series pricing:  NVIDIA and our launch partners have not released pricing or pre-order information yet. Any Web sites claiming to be taking pre-orders should not be considered legitimate.
  • Graphics card vendors may raise prices soon - DigiTimes writes that supply is still tight, and the situation may not improve until May. Worse, graphics card makers may hike prices to keep their margins up.
  • Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA3 Hard Drive Tested - Futurelooks take a further look at the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA3 Hard Drive (ST32000641AS). The Barracuda XT SATA3 Hard Drive has 64MB Cache, platters still spin at a nominal 7200 RPM and power consumption average rates are listed as 6.39 watts at idle.
  • Build A Top-Notch Gaming PC Designed for Overclocking for $700 - This build will handle gaming, with modern titles, at a resolution up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p - Up to a 22-25″ monitor or a 1080p HDTV). 
  • Microsoft warns of fake 'Security Essentials 2010' anti-virus - Microsoft is warning users about a fake anti virus product named "Security Essentials 2010", near identical to the naming of the company's own protection software. The fake software is actually the trojan Win32/Fakeinit. If a user installs the software then Fakeinit's downloader installs a fake scanner component that monitors other processes and attempts to terminate them. In some cases, processes will be flagged as if they are infected.
  • Facebook e-mails go to wrong inboxes - Facebook inadvertently routed e-mails to the wrong addresses Wednesday night, a problem the social networking site said was quickly resolved, but not before the messages landed in the inboxes of strangers.
  • Virgin Media to offer 100Mb broadband by end of the year [UK] - Virgin Media said on Thursday that it plans to offer 100Mb broadband services to customers by the end of 2010. The company says this is due to its use of cable, rather than the more widespread ADSL technology used by competitors. In some areas Virgin says it will offer even faster speeds of up to 200Mbps.
  • YouTube confirms 'Rickroll' removal was a mistake, brings back -  A YouTube spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin that the 'Rickroll' removal was a mistake. In an email statement to Neowin a spokesperson confirmed accounts are occasionally marked as spam and mistakenly taken down
  • YouTube will kill Internet Explorer 6 support on March 13 - Ars Technica, whose readers must still use IE 6, has taken a screen shot showing the warning as posted on YouTube that clearly shows that they will be dropping support for IE 6. The move is a big step forward towards the removal of support for IE 6 as the outdated browser has been a thorn in the side of many developers.
  • Skype cancels development of Windows Mobile client - Skype has canceled development of their WM client, and removed almost all related files from their website. Andriod client appears to have been removed too. If you've already installed the Windows Mobile version of Skype or Skype Lite, you can use it all throughout this year, though if you're a new customer, you're out of luck...
  • Teachers spying on students through laptop webcams (video) - LOL (alleged) School of pedophiles!
  • Is Your Life Just One Big RPG? - For those of you that haven't seen Jesse Schell's DICE 2010 presentation you have to watch this series of videos.
  • Flash developer explains iPad & iPhone issues - Morgan Adams, the aforementioned engineer, explained on the AppleInsider forums the blatantly obvious that many have seemed to miss.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Final Official Trailer - Warner Bros has debuted the final trailer for Platinum Dunes' A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.
  • Sleek Cyberpunk Teaser for Indie Film Frame 137 - Here's a teaser trailer for a new independent film called Frame 137, written and directed by Judd Tilyard. It's a sci-fi action film based on the work of James O'Barr, creator of The Crow, and made with his permission
  • James Cameron Explains Why Hollywood is Screwing Up 3D - In new interview segment at MTV, Cameron talks about how 3D is still being used improperly in Hollywood.
  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne revealed before Geneva debut (video) -  The big news for the 2011 model year is the introduction of Cayenne S Hybrid–Porsche's first production hybrid vehicle–which uses a parallel full hybrid drive system. The gasoline engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (sound familiar?), and when mated to a 47-horsepower electric motor, total output for the hybrid is rated at 380-hp and 427 pound-feet of torque, all of which is fully delivered at just 1,000 rpm.
  • Things to Do with a Cadbury Cream Egg (video) - So this is what happens when engineers get high...check it out!
  • Photoshop Maestro Paints Megan Fox (video) - WHAO! Amazing Digital time lapse painting in Photoshop!
  • New Iron Man 2 Featurette has Thor Cameo? - A new featurette is online showing some of the behing the scenes stuff on the set of the upcoming Iron Man 2, and some sites are already suggesting that there is more to the featurette than just recycling some trailer footage and some confident words from the cast.
  • Alessandra Ambrosio shows off sexy body - Alessandra Ambrosio rocks!
  • I Would Rather Have Abigail Clancy Than an iPad :D - Here's British wonder hottie Abigail Clancy looking too damn hot on the cover of the appropriately named Jack magazine.
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 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,21 2010 - tech
TechNews - School's Spy Webcams activated 42 times - tech
(hx) 08:11 AM EST - Feb,21 2010 - Post a comment
  • Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard Tested - Extreme is a good description of what this board has to offer. The performance was on par with its competition which is as much as you can ask for with modern motherboards given how little room there is with regards to improving performance. The features on the board include everything you could think of and then some. USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s are the two big features but some of the smaller features like the board layout and the I/O options are also quite nice. I really dig the dual-purpose eSATA/USB2.0 ports, they are an excellent idea.
  • GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 OC Video Card Review - What you're ultimately getting from the HD 5670 OC from GIGABYTE is a card that carries with it the price of a standard clocked model, an extra 10MHz on the core and a nice cooler that does a good job of keeping the core temperature down.
  • MS plans to roll out test version of browser ballot screen next week - Microsoft said on Friday that it will begin external testing of a browser ballot screen for European copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 next week.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 Beta Bug Creates Super-sized Emails - Microsoft is trying to fix a bug in the e-mail program Outlook 2010 Beta that creates unusually large e-mail files that take up too much space. The Outlook product team has offered a bug fix for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems that fixes the problem going forward, although previous e-mails will remain super-sized. This could be a problem for e-mail programs that limit message sizes, such as Gmail or BlackBerry.
  • Firefox Suffers Critical Bugs - Mozilla has released fixes for five security holes in older versions of Firefox, while a security company has warned of a zero-day flaw in the latest version of the popular browser.
  • Kaspersky Patents Hardware-Based Antivirus - It seems this device is an actual separate computer running an embedded AV application. While the press release and abstract emphasize that the AV functionality doesn't strictly need a software counterpart running in the host system, it does need host software in order to update itself, because the AV hardware won't have network access. This update application will need to be trusted and hardened against attack.
  • Microsoft will charge for Windows Phone 7 Series OS - Microsoft said that they will be charging for Windows Phone 7 Series operating system, when it is released. Strategic Analytics predict the mobile operating system will cost roughly between $8 and $15 per phone, an added cost for manufactures that want to produce a Windows based phone.
  • Apple's Aperture 3 causing significant memory leak for many users - Apple released Pro level Photo editing and organizing application Aperture 3 last week promising the "faces and places" of consumer level iPhoto as well as some new high end features that professionals could use. But, according to ComputerWorld, it brought something else as well. Users of the new version of Aperture have been seeing frozen computers and "out of disk space" warnings. Reports of this problem are flooding Apple's forums
  • HTC unveils new Nexus One like Android device - HTC Desire - HTC unveiled its 'superphone' Android device, named the HTC Desire. The Desire features a 3.7" AMOLED WVGA display, 1GHz snapdragon processor, 5MP camera and the usual GPS and 3G support.
  • HTC HD Mini compared with HTC HD2 (video) - The HTC HD Mini is based on its big brother the HTC HD2. HTC has packed the same interface into the HD Mini in a more compact form. The HTC HD Mini includes a capacitive touch screen, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, 3.2" HVGA display, 5MP camera and the usual support of 3G and GPS. 
  • BBC announces iPlayer, News and Sport apps for iPhone, Android.... -  The BBC announced a News application and Sports applications that will both be available shortly, the News app in April and Sports in June before the World Cup. Both applications will feature rich content including video content which will include live sports games streamed to the devices. Erik Huggers, BBC Future Media and Technology Group Controller, also hinted at an iPlayer application for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices.
  • Verizon to allow unlimited Skype over 3G - Beginning next month, users with data plans will have unlimited access to Skype over 3G. This means that people can now call any Skype user directly from their phone without having to pay an extra cent. This would allow you to call your old, yet tech-savvy Aunt Hilda, over in Poland for free.
  • Sony planning universal game console controller? - According to a concept that surfaced in the US Patent & Trademark Office's online database, Sony may be looking to exploit the growing market for gaming accessories by developing a Universal Game Console Controller.
  • Touch Screen Linux Guitar - Misa digital guitar running linux kernel 2.6.31. Woot? :-)
  • LEGO Robot Solves Any Rubik's Cube In Under 12 Sec (video) - The Worlds Fastest Lego Mindstorms RCX Speedcubing Robot. Built entirely from lego elements now scanning and solving any 3x3x3 Rubik's cube combination in under 12 seconds.
  • Plot Details Discovered for that Riddick Sequel in the Works - Just last week it was confirmed that Universal was developing another Chronicles of Riddick sequel with David Twohy back in the director's chair working from his own script. Found in a new THR article is a little bit about what the sequel will contain
  • Avatar could go 3D on special edition Blu-ray in November? - James Cameron revealed that a standard DVD/Blu-ray has been slated for release on April 22nd, and a special edition DVD and Blu-ray 3D version coming in November.
  • Official Trailer for Woody Harrelson's Defendor - Here's a new official trailer for the release of Peter Stebbings' comedy Defendor starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings. Defendor will hit very limited theaters start on February 26th this month before arriving on DVD.
  • Another Official Red Band Trailer for Kick-Ass - Lionsgate has debuted yet another new red band trailer for Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. It'll be in theaters in two months so bear with and you'll be enjoying this in no time!
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps International Trailer - 20th Century Fox has debuted an international trailer for Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
  • School district: Spy Webcams activated 42 times - According to the Washington Post, the school district has admitted activating students' laptop Webcams 42 times over a 14-month period. The district claims each activation was merely an attempt to locate a stolen or missing laptop.
  • Epic Beard Man Explains It All (video) - Thomas Bruso has emerged from hiding to give a candid, expletive-filled recap of the punch heard round the world.
  • Mosquito killed by a Laser (slow motion video) - Check it out!
  • Candice Swanepoel Teases In Her Lingerie - Yes, supermodels are awesome :P
  • Brooklyn Decker is Sexy - Here are more pictures of the 2010 SI Swimsuit Issue Cover girl Brooklyn Decker
  • Lacey Von Erich Poses For Playboy - The former WWE superstar Kerry Von Erich's 24 years daughter Lacey Von Erich gave sexy poses for Playboy Magazine.
  • Amazon Deals - 2012 (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $14.96) | X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $25.50)
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,17 2010 - tech
AMD's ATI Catalyst 10.2 - tech
(hx) 04:03 PM EST - Feb,17 2010 - Post a comment
ATI Catalyst 10.2 drivers are now out! The Catalyst 10.2 drivers support Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit and 32-bit and Windows XP 64-bit and 32-bit.
Key features of ATI Catalyst graphics drivers, version 10.2:
 * Better game performance, sooner: Game profiles help optimize performance so that gamers get an amazing experience. AMD is focusing its efforts to provide access to game profiles when a new game launches – often on the day of launch - and AMD plans to post a separate executable file on AMD.com that users can install to get access to the latest application profiles for improved performance.
 * More powerful panoramic gaming with ATI CrossFireX™ technology: Fans of ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology can now take advantage of the additional graphics horsepower to help increase game performance or image quality settings when using ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology.1

Key features of ATI Catalyst graphics drivers, version 10.3, scheduled for release in March, 2010:
 * Monthly updates for the mobile crowd: Starting in March, AMD plans to issue stability, performance and feature enhancements in monthly ATI Catalyst™ driver updates for Windows® 7 and Windows Vista™-based notebooks that feature ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000 and HD 5000 series premium graphics processors. AMD is working closely with most major notebook manufacturers to ensure broad support for this initiative.
 * ATI Eyefinity technology, made better: To further enhance the immersive visual experience of ATI Eyefinity technology, users will now have access to an easy-to-use wizard that will allow them to adjust their display layout to compensate for monitor bezels. In addition, users will be able to adjust the brightness, color and contrast for each individual monitor for greater customization and calibration of each screen in their ATI Eyefinity set-up.1
 * Enabling the 3D ecosystem: AMD is enabling third-party middleware vendors to bring more 3D stereoscopic gaming options to consumers by allowing for independent left and right images at 120 Hz.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,14 2010 - tech
TechNews - AMD vs Intel in a $100-150 CPU Battle - tech
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  • AMD vs Intel in a $100-150 CPU Battle - Is there a clear winner? The article says it's a toss-up between the Core i3 540 and Phenom II X4 925. If you do a lot of 3D rendering, go for the Phenom. If you care much about power consumption, get the Core i3. If you are really managing a tight budget, you won't miss out on much by going with an Athlon II X4.
  • HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast No. 8 -  The podcast features includes information about new player in the SSD market, affordable GPUs from ATI, NVIDIA Optimus technology that allows users to switch between integrated and discrete graphics on the fly and more.
  • 64 GB Solid State Drive Round-Up -Hardware Secrets compared the performance of five different solid state drives (SSDs) on the 64 GB range based on MLC technology from Kingston, OCZ, Patriot, Mushkin and Intel.
  • Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive Review - Low noise and low power consumption does come at the cost of decreased read and write performance when compared to the 2TB Black but mainly it comes at the cost of increased latency
  • Office 2010 on Ju15; Windows 8: It Won't Be Called Windows 8 - Microsoft employee briefly blogged about the next Windows release - Windows 8 - recently, although the software giant quickly pulled the post. There were some interesting tidbits. First, Microsoft isn't referring to the next Windows version as Windows 8; instead, the OS is currently going by a very common Microsoft moniker, Windows Next. ("Next" or sometimes "v.Next" is often used to simply ID a product as the next version.) This is an important distinction because, as I've noted before, Microsoft isn't doing major and minor Windows versions anymore. So Windows 8 (or whatever it will be called) will simply be the next version of Windows. The post also made a bizarre claim. "The next version will be something completely different from what folks usually expect of Windows," it reads.
  • Some Windows XP Users Get BSOD After Patch Tuesday - Microsoft pulled the MS10-015 update out of circulation last week due to user complaints that the patch caused their XP build to BSOD. After investigation, MS said that the issue is due to the TDSS rootkit and issued a statement that users have to remove the malware before patching.
  • Google plans to build high-speed broadband service - Google plans to build and test super fast fiber-optic broadband networks in a few communities around the U.S., promising up to a one gigabit per second service - a hundred-fold increase over what most Americans currently can subscribe to.
  • Windows Phone 7 announcements next week -The Wall Street Journal is running a story claiming that Microsoft will announce the next generation of Windows Mobile next week, named Windows Phone 7. Microsoft please don't screw this up! :-)
  • Iran permanently suspends Gmail service - Iran's telecommunication agency has decided to permanently suspend Gmail service throughout the country. In its place, Iran will push a national email service for Iranian citizens. It's still unclear as to whether Gmail has already been shut off in Iran, or if this is just something that will happen in the near future.
  • NASA Scientists Plan To Approach Girl By 2018 - Check it out.
  • Full Trailer for Shyamalan's The Last Airbender - Paramount has debuted the theatrical trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. Paramount is bringing The Last Airbender to theaters everywhere starting on July 2nd this summer.
  • Robert Luketic's Killer Trailer - Believe it or not, a movie called Killers is actually a light-hearted romantic comedy!
  • Centurion Trailer Online - Here's the first official trailer for Neil Marshall's Roman soldier epic Centurion starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, and Olga Kurylenko.
  • Georgian Luger Dies after Horrifying Crash at Olympics (video) - Tragedy has struck the Winter Olympics. Coming around one of the bends, his luge flung him into the air, sending him into mid-air somersaults and ultimately, into a steel pillar on the other side.
  • MSNBC host explains to Glenn Beck where snow comes from - The battle began when Beck took exception to Ratigan's statement that "these 'snowpocalypses' that have been going through D.C. and other extreme weather events are precisely what climate scientists have been predicting, fearing and anticipating because of global warming."
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) Does Maxim - Finally some hot pictures of The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco.
  • Sara Jean Underwood Because She Is Hot - I don't know my Playmate of The Year history, but if I had to bet, I'd say Sara Jean Underwood is probably the finest of them yet.
  • Bar Refaeli 2010 SI Swimsuit Photos - Model Bar Refaeli is once again featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and once again she looks flawless!
  • Amazon Deals - iPod Blowout Sale--Up to 34% Off | Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB Portable Hard Drive for $179 (save $50.99) | Ong Bak 2: The Beginning [Blu-ray] (2008) (save $14.99)
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,11 2010 - tech
Microsoft planning new Windows 7 piracy check - tech
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Microsoft today confirmed that it plans to release a Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7 that will detect 70 known activation exploits.
In the coming days, we'll be deploying a new update for Windows Activation Technologies, the set of built-in activation and validation components built into Windows 7. Called Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, this update will detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits. Activation exploits are sometimes called 'hacks', and attempt to bypass or compromise Windows' activation technologies. This new update is further evidence of Microsoft's commitment to keeping customers and partners secure. The update will determine whether Windows 7 installed on a PC is genuine and will better protect customers' PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact.

The Update is designed to run on all editions of Windows 7, although we will distribute first to the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions. It will be available online at www.microsoft.com/genuine beginning February 16 and on the Microsoft Download Center beginning February 17. Later this month, the update will also be offered through Windows Update as an ‘Important' update.

How does it work? Once installed, the Update protects customers by identifying known activation exploits that may affect their PC experience. If any activation exploits are found, Windows will alert the customer and offer options for resolving the issue - in many cases, with just a few clicks. Machines running genuine Windows 7 software with no activation exploits will see nothing - the update runs quietly in the background protecting your system. If Windows 7 is non-genuine, the notifications built into Windows 7 will inform the customer that Windows is not genuine by displaying informational dialog boxes with options for the customer to either get more information, or acquire genuine Windows. The desktop wallpaper will be switched to a plain desktop (all of the customer's desktop icons, gadgets, or pinned applications stay in place). Periodic reminders and a persistent desktop watermark act as further alerts to the customer.

It is important to know that the customer will see no reduced functionality in their copy of Windows - a customer's applications work as expected, and access to personal information is unchanged. The Update will run periodic validations (initially every 90 days). During validation, Windows will download the latest 'signatures' that are used to identify new activation exploits - much like an anti-virus service. When tampering, disabling, or missing licensing files are discovered, the WAT Update runs a check and repair weekly to ensure that the licensing files are properly repaired.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,10 2010 - tech
TechNews - AMD's Llano Details - tech
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  • AMD Reveals More Llano Details: 32nm, Power Gating, 4-cores - Llano is AMD's first hybrid CPU-GPU with on-die graphics. The graphics core is a derivative of AMD's DirectX 11 Evergreen lineup. At 32nm each core (minus L2 cache) is only 9.69 mm^2 and is made up of over 35M transistors. 
  • Intel unleashes quad-core Itanium 9300 - Tukwila features four cores, eight threads, 24MB of L3 cache, Turbo Boost, QuickPath interconnects, second-gen hardware virtualization tech, and some new reliability features, all laid out on a massive, two-billion-transistor die. Intel claims the new Itanium 9300 series more than doubles performance over previous-gen dual-core Itaniums, bringing eight times the interconnect bandwidth, five times the memory bandwidth, and seven times the memory capacity with "industry standard DDR3 components."
  • Intel Core i5 661 Dual Core LGA 1156 Processor Tested - The Intel Core i5 661 has plenty of power for doing those day to day tasks and maybe not so day to day like Photoshop, video editing, etc. Overclock it, which is very easy, and you will get a good performance boost to make those tasks run even faster. I've been assur
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 480 to be showcased at Cebit 2010? - According to Fudzilla, selected Nvidia partners will unveil Nvidia's next-generation GF100 based flagship, the Geforce GTX 480 at Cebit, which runs from March 2nd to March 6th. A cheaper, cut down GF100 based GPU, the Geforce GTX 470, is scheduled to be launched alongwith the Geforce GTX 480. Details about the GTX 470 are sparse, though consensus rumours suggest 448 shaders and 320 bit memory, crippled from GTX 480's 512 shaders and 384 bit memory interface.
  • New Lian Li T1 'Spider' Discovery - David Attentionbagger (video) - Lian Li Chassis are rare and endangered, and very valuable indeed. None more so than this flirtatious creature captured on film for the first time-- in its unnatural habitat. The Lian Li Pitstop spider which brings aluminium (aluminum for Yanks) to life, except for the few threads of spider webbing (which look a bit like nylon puppet strings, but are in fact strands of web spun from out its sphincter). The Lian Li T1 Pitstop is a chassis designed for a few users, but all of them are nitromanics who delve into the depths of BIOS's and extract every ounce of power from them.
  • Windows 7 Battery Notification Messages - More Details -Steven Sinofsky made an extensive blog post explaining all the talk about Windows 7 so-called battery problems.
  • Maximize SSD Performance with the SSD Tweak Utility - TechSpot posted their tech tip of the Week: Maximize SSD Performance with the SSD Tweak Utility.
  • Oracle database can be hacked remotely: researcher - A computer security expert believes that nine in every ten Oracle databases are vulnerable to an attack that would give hackers access and control over sensitive corporate and government database systems, without the need for a user id or password.
  • Locus OS Interface (video) - The operating system was designed by a guy named Barton Smith and supposedly the multiple widget desktops are designed around locations (home, work, car) and automatically switches between desktops thanks to GPS and wi-fi mapping.
  • Both LG and Samsung to release their first 3D TVs next month - Both LG and Samsung are said to release their 3D TVs next month. Samsung will offer the LED 9000, a LED-LCD with a powerful 3D processor. LG's 3D TV is also a LED-LCD, in sizes 32" to 55" (the Infinia LE9500).
  • HTC Incredible photos and details leak - The leaked details about the new upcoming HTC incredible is said to be running a Snapdragon processor, possibly at 1Ghz. The phone supports a 3.5 or 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, similar to that of the Nexus One. However, the HTC Incredible only runs with 256MB of ram, compared to 512MB in the Nexus One. The phone is running Android 2.1, with “fast, very fast” video playback, as described by the person in the video.
  • The Muppets: Beaker's Ballad (video) - Check it out!!! :P
  • Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop (video) - Wow, that's the world I want to live in :-D
  • Amazon Deals - Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5037 TruBrite 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) (save $64)
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,07 2010 - tech
TechNews - Mozilla Pulls Two Infected Add-Ons - tech
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  • AMD, Intel prep 6-core CPUs - Both AMD and Intel are expected to release their first 6-core desktop CPUs before the end of Q2 this year. According to DigiTimes, Intel will be going first, with their 32-nm Core i7-980X "Gulftown" CPU shipping at the end of March. DigiTimes says AMD will roll out 3 six-core "Thuban" CPUs, the Phenom II X6 1075T, 1055T and 1035T, with a quad-core Phenom II X4 960T CPU also coming out at the same time as the Thuban processors. It's believed AMD will launch the CPUs in May. Before Thuban launches though, AMD will introduce their first 8-series chipsets, with the 890FX and 890GX chipsets expected to debut in April.
  • AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Quad Core Processor Tested - Despite not offering any new features or mind blowing performance, the AMD Athlon II X4 635 is a solid product. It was able to keep up with both the Phenom II 940BE and the Phenom II 910e in just about all of the benchmarks performed today. Pair the Athlon II X4 635 with a motherboard like the MSI 785GM-E65 and for a little over $200.00 you can have a solid base for great computer. Not bad, considering the system would support dual-monitors, Blu-Ray playback, GPGPU applications like stream and most importantly it would be ready for Windows 7.
  • Nvidia reveals real names of next-gen graphics chips - The first official graphics chips that will be based on the GF100 will be named the GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470. Once again that's all I know but Nvidia is expected to reveal the big details (launch date, clock speed, and cost) for their new products sometime in early March.
  • ATI Radeon HD 5450 Tested - The new Radeon HD 5450, code-named Cedar Pro, will be the most affordable graphics card belonging to the HD 5000 series. This is also the first on AMD's latest wave of graphics products to do away with GDDR5 memory, replacing it with older GDDR3. Naturally, the Radeon HD 5450 is not designed exclusively for 3D gaming and certain versions will support advanced features such as Eyefinity. The Radeon HD 5450 is stepping in to replace the Radeon HD 4350 graphics card which currently retails for as little as $35 - $40 (512MB) and $45 - $50 (1GB).
  • Catalyst 10.1 Hotfix -For those of you that own a Radeon HD 5800 series video card and are having intermittent grey screen issues or random vertical line corruption, ATI Support offers new version 10.1 Catalyst Hotfix. The hotfix supports 32bit and 64bit Windows 7, 32bit and 64bit Windows Vista, 32bit and 64bit Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center.
  • Microsoft investigating Windows 7 battery warning issues - Microsoft has confirmed it is investigating a problem causing some Windows 7 users to receive incorrect battery warnings on their laptops. The warning is triggered when a laptops BIOS detects a battery replacement is required. Windows 7 provides the following alert: "Consider replacing your battery. There is a problem with your battery, so your computer might shut down suddenly." Microsoft officials said on Tuesday the company is looking into the issue, "we are investigating this issue in conjunction with our hardware partners, which appears to be related to system firmware," a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed.
  • Software Downloads Feb 2010 - DirectX End-User Redistributable 9.28.1886 (February 2010) || x64 Components 2.4.0 Final ||  Win7codecs 2.3.6 Final 
  • Zoner Photo Studio 12 Xpress Edition Free Download with S/N - Zoner Photo Studio 12 express edition normally costs $49 for a single license. As part of promotional offer, Zoner is given away PC User readers a free Zoner Photo Studio 12 express edition single-user license with genuine working license code.
  • Mozilla Pulls Two Infected Add-Ons - According to this Mozilla blog post, two experimental add-ons, Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader and all versions of Master Filer were found to contain Trojan code aimed at Windows users. Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader contained Win32.LdPinch.gen, and Master Filer contained Win32.Bifrose.32.Bifrose Trojan. Both add-ons have been disabled on AMO.
  • Facebook's Project Titan: A Full Featured Webmail Product - Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully featured webmail product in its place, according to a source with knowledge of the product. Internally it's known as Project Titan. Or, unofficially and perhaps over-enthusiastically, the Gmail killer. There will be full POP/IMAP support, meaning users can access the account other than through Facebook itself. Your email account name will be your vanity url – vanityurl@facebook.com.
  • Office 2010 RC released to testers - Microsoft has made available the release Candidate Builds of Microsoft Office 2010 client (build 4734.1000) and server products (build 4730.1010). Microsoft is expected to hit the RTM milestone in the coming months with a general availability date of June.
  • Windows Mobile 7 details leak -There is a long list of supposed features leaked with regards to the upcoming platform.
  • New redsn0w 0.9.2 jailbreaks any iPhone or iPod touch - This version (Windows / Mac OSX x86) has the ability of jailbreaking your device without requiring you to use iTunes. Previously, iTunes was needed to re-load the custom firmware that jailbreaking programs, such as PwnageTool, would package together.
  • iPhone firmware 3.1.3 - Apple has just released the iPhone firmware 3.1.3 available for both the iPhone and iPod touch to resolve a few issues. The issues the firmware addresses are for the iPhone 3GS battery accuracy, third-party application crashes and crashing while using the Japanese Kana keyboard.
  • Prepeat inkless and tonerless rewritable printer (video) - This printer can reuse documents by simply wiping out the old data on it and reprinting new. Pop in a used sheet with information, hit the print button on your PC and presto, in seconds, in goes the old, out comes the new!
  • Photoshop Fail: 15 Hilariously Botched Images - Forget silly things like human anatomy and the laws of physics. When it comes to Photoshop, reality needn’t apply – just clone, rotate, skew, blur and hope nobody notices. From missing limbs to outrageously overzealous retouching, an incredible number of Photoshop screw-ups have graced magazine covers, product packaging and store displays.
  • FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited - The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.
  • Study finds link between Intertnet use and depression - According to Sky News, a study by the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds found a link between Internet usage and depression. Psychologists found the more time spent surfing the web, the more likely individuals are to be depressed.
  • Brand New Red Band for Kevin Smith's Cop Out - Cop Out is directed by comedy guru Kevin Smith of classics like Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks II, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno previously. 
  • Kick-Ass Trailer -MSN has debuted a brand new trailer for Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass that may just so happen to be the best trailer yet! Lionsgate is bringing Kick-Ass to theaters everywhere on April 16th this spring.
  • Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter Back in 3D; Transformers, Too! - I previously heard 'rumors' stating that Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans remake would be going 3D, pushing the release back a week to April 2nd, and that the last two Harry Potter movies would both be in 3D, too. Now Warner Brothers has confirmed that all three of those movies will be going 3D. And then there's talk about Transformers 3 going 3D, too! 
  • New International Trailer for Clash of the Titans! - IGN has debuted a new full-length international trailer for Clash of the Titans that mixes some elements of the original teaser and theatrical trailer as well as some new scenes involving Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Warner Brothers will be bringing Clash of the Titans to regular and 3D theaters everywhere starting on March 26th. Still excited?
  • If Famous Filmmakers Directed the Superbowl? (video) - What Would it Look Like If Famous Filmmakers Directed the Superbowl? I wasn't expecting this to be as funny as it is, but they nailed it with all of their directors. They mock: Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, & Werner Herzog. Enjoy!
  • Ridley Scott's Robin Hood Superbowl TV Spot - Universal has debuted their Superbowl TV spot for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Robin Hood is directed by British filmmaker Ridley Scott, of many classics like Alien, Blade Runner, Black Rain, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, and many more.
  • Shyamalan's Last Airbender Superbowl TV Spot - Paramount has debuted their Superbowl TV spot for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender.
  • Kia shows third-quarter commercial for Sunday's Big Game - Kia picked up a pricey one minute spot during the third quarter of this year's title-deciding game, and it features life-sized toys living the high life in a brand new Sorento. The animated quintet hits the snow, does some water skiing and then goes all Hangover-style in Sin City before reality sets in and mom gets behind the wheel.
  • Anne Hathaway GQ Photos - Check out silver screen actress Anne Hathaway looking sexy as hell in the March 2010 issue of GQ magazine!
  • Olivia Munn Outtake Photos - Here are some Olivia Munn outtake photos from a recent shoot
  • Keeley Hazell – Zoo Magazine (February 2010) - Here's Keeley Hazell looking voluptuous and busty in the February issue of Zoo Magazine.
  • Amazon Deals - Surrogates [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $16.50) | Zombieland [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $15.96) | Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $14.99)
 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,30 2010 - tech
TechNews - 10 Reasons Why Apple iPad Sucks - tech
(hx) 09:26 AM EST - Jan,30 2010 - Post a comment
  • AMD Athlon II X2 255, X3 440, X4 635, Phenom II X2 555 Tested - The best bang for the buck goes to the AMD Phenom II X2 555 processor.
  • Augmented Reality: on Intel Core i5 Processor (video) - Anthony Gallo gives a demonstration of the Intel Core i5 Processor by using augmented reality!
  • Asus Eee PC 1101HA Seashell Netbook Tested - Performance-wise the Eee PC 1101HA is pretty much on par with the Aspire One 751h given that the two share the same processor and memory configuration. The obvious game-changer here is the Seashell's ability to be overclocked. When comparing benchmark numbers with the Atom Z520 pushed to 1.74GHz, the Eee PC 1101HA was clearly superior -- it even managed to outclass the Aspire One 8.9" equipped with a 1.60GHz Atom N270 in every test except Super Pi's 4M test.
  • MSI's tablet PC to launch 2H10, $500 MSRP - MSI has released new details of their Tablet PC. The Android based operating system will sell for $500 MSRP, but MSI mentioned that it will be flexible with what features consumers want.
  • HP releases new video of the Windows 7 Slate PC - HP has released a teaser video of the new Windows 7 slate PC, first demonstrated during the Microsoft CES 2010 keynote. Unfortunately there's still no pricing information available or a firm release date.
  • 10 Reasons Why Apple iPad Fails to Pass - In short, there is nothing that deserved the hype and the device simply sucks if said politely. 
  • NVIDIA releases 196.34 beta drivers - A couple days ago, NVIDIA posted WHQL-certified ForceWare 196.21 drivers to their website. Problem is that driver included a bug that prevented GPU overclocking. oh! NVIDIA's been working hard to resolve this issue, and has just issued new ForceWare 196.34 drivers (WinXP 32-bit, Vista/Win7 32-bit, Vista/Win7 64-bit) that fix the problem.
  • Intel Smoke Demo: Vista vs. Windows 7 (video) - See what a difference the new Windows 7 kernel makes compared to Windows Vista. The windows 7 kernel is optimized for use with Intel core microarchitecture not only does it perform faster it also allows you to put a few cores to sleep while maintaining peak performance.
  • Earnings take-away: Microsoft is still powered by Windows - All About Microsoft posted a news story that Microsoft has sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses to date!
  • Ex-Microsoft worker pens Windows 8 for July 2011 - According to Chris Green, a developer who recently finished working for Microsoft, Windows 8 mainstream support is targeted for 07/01/2011 which is the first date that we have seen regarding the release of Microsoft's next OS. Other dates of interest are for Office 2012 which shows a targeted date 7/2/2012.
  • New un-patched IE flaw found a day after latest hotfix (video) - A security research firm said it discovered another set of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, a day after Microsoft Corp patched the Web browser following a high-profile cyber attack on Google in China. The new attack uses smaller un-patched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, small enough they couldn't compromise a system, but together they can overwhelm Internet Explorer and give access to a users machine if the individual clicks on a malicious link.
  • Google Chrome updated for Windows, bookmark sync&extensions added - Google has released a stable version of Google Chrome for Windows with bookmark sync and extensions. Google Chrome will now allow you to add extensions to your browser to make accessing news sites, activities, and many more things in a single click. Google Chrome for Windows also added bookmark syncing for users with a Google account, allowing them to sync bookmarks to their account. Users with a Google account can sync their bookmarks on different computers.
  • Over 1,500 new features for Google Chrome - According to the company's official blog, Google Chrome has over 1500 new features!
  • Get $500-$1337 for finding Google Chrome bugs - While Mozilla offers up to $500 for bug reports, Google will offer a base reward of $500 to anyone who submits an eligible bug. If a user finds a severe or clever bug, Google will pay up $1337 (surely appealing to all of our inner geeks) to the developer who discovers it. Flaws must be submitted through the Chromium bug tracker, and all submissions will be considered by a panel of engineers. That includes bugs in Chromium, Chrome and plug-ins such as Google Gears.
  • Google begins dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 - Google has announced that soon it will begin dropping support for the outdated software. The announcement earlier, made on the Google Enterprise Blog, states that beginning March 1, Google Docs and Google Sites will no longer work correctly when viewed in Internet Explorer 6.
  • Comcast switches from McAfee to Norton, free for customers - Comcast is asking customers to switch from McAfee to Norton, through this promotional webpage to Comcast customers only. Both Windows and Mac users can get this $160 value, for up to 7 computers, with no additional cost with your Comcast high-speed internet subscription. This offer is not available in all areas and a Comcast High-Speed Internet subscription is required.OMG. McAfee and Norton are both bloated junk. I'll stick with ESET NOD32.
  • Fake Antivirus Scam Hits Facebook - Fake antivirus, which is also known as scareware, encourages web users to part with their hard-earned cash and download hoax security software. Panda said alerts are now being distributed through Facebook's messaging service and being forwarded on to friends or being published to users.
  • PopSci's The Future Of Security: Car stopper - Eureka Aerospace - The device, called High Powered Electro Magnetic System, can stop vehicles made after the mid-1970s cold.
  • Nokia Frame concept device shows off Augmented Reality ideas - Forget about the iSlate, forget about Nokia's own redesign of the Symbian OS or Maemo for that matter, the ‘Nokia Frame' frame concept goes beyond all that, at least according to the video.
  • Desk-Napping Device (video) - Hermit is an experimental interactive shell, provides people a private space to hide or take a nap. Heh? :-)
  • No Hobbit until Dec 2012 - Executives close to the project at Warner Bros are now saying that since the start of production will be waiting until Summer of 2010, that the studio is more likely to push the release of the first film from late 2011 to late 2012. "While it is still possible that it could come out in December 2011, it looks more likely to be 2012," says one of the unnamed execs. The second of the two-part series would be pushed to 2013. Better late than never?
  • Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Trailer - I loved the first Wall Street, hell who didn't? The music in the trailer kind of sucked, Gordon's character...Well never mind just watch it!
  • First Official Trailer for DC Comics' The Losers - Warner Bros has debut the official trailer DC Comics' The Losers starring Zoe Saldana as Aisha, Chris Evans as Jensen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Clay, Columbus Short as Pooch, Idris Elba as Roque, and Óscar Jaenada as Cougar. This actually looks pretty good. The Losers is directed by Sylvain White and will hit theaters on April 16th, 2010 this year
  • Reporter Makes Improbable Shot, Goofy Expression (video) - I wonder if they send another reporter to report on the reporter reporting the next day :-)
  • Candice Swanepoel Bikini Photos - Yes, she looks smoking hot in these bikini photos!
  • Kelly Brook Sexy Lingerie From Daily Mirror Magazine - Kelly Brook Sexy Lingerie From Daily Mirror Magazine
  • Bar Refaeli’s Rampage Photos Impress - Every time I see Bar it seems like she's looking better and better, and these bikini photos for Rampage swimwear are right on the money!
  • Amazon Deals - Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars / The End of Time Parts 1 and 2) [Blu-ray] (save $15.99) || Running Man (1987) (Ws Sub Ac3 Dol Dts) [Blu-ray] (1987) (save $6) || Mass Effect 2 (save $2.96)
 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,29 2010 - tech
New Mass Effect 2 hotfix for Catalyst 10.1 - tech
(hx) 06:37 PM EST - Jan,29 2010 - Post a comment
This patch updates the ATI Catalyst drivers so that anti-aliasing options work in Mass Effect 2 on systems with CrossFire setups.
This article applies to the following configuration(s):

Hardware: ATI Radeon HD 5xxx, 4xxx, 3xxx, 2xxx series

Software: Mass Effect 2

Operating System: Windows 7 32bit, Windows 7 64bit,Windows Vista 32 bit, Windows Vista 64 bit, Windows XP 32bit, Windows XP 64bit.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,27 2010 - tech
AMD ATI Catalyst 10.1 - tech
(hx) 04:21 PM EST - Jan,27 2010 - Post a comment / read (4)
ATI Catalyst 10.1 drivers are now out! The Catalyst 10.1 drivers support Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit and 32-bit and Windows XP 64-bit and 32-bit. These drivers give you a performance boost in L4D2 and Crysis as well as fix a host of issues including YouTube video problems, CCC center issues and 120 Hz is no longer missing from display modes on some LCDs.
These WHQL-certified Windows XP/Vista/7 driver delivers the following changes:
 * Left 4 Dead 2 – Overall performance improves as much as 3% on ATI Radeon™ 5700 series products and ATI Radeon HD 5800 series products.
 * Crysis – Performance improves as much as 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 series products and as much as 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 series products.
 * Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube  clips with Adobe Flash Player 10.
 * [ATI Catalyst Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the “Calibration Preview.”
Apple iPad announced, starting price of $499 - tech
(hx) 04:14 PM EST - Jan,27 2010 - Post a comment / read (6)
After months of buzz about a tablet-style touchscreen personal computer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today announced the company's new iPad.  It's half-an-inch thick and weighs one-and-a-half pounds with a 9.7-inch IPS display, described by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as 'super high quality.' In all, there will be six models: 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), 64GB ($699), 16GB 3G ($629), 32GB 3G ($729), 65GB 3G ($829). The first batch will be available worldwide in sixty days (so late March) while the 3G models will start rolling out in ninety (late April).

 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,23 2010 - tech
TechNews - Office 2010 system requirements - tech
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  • Intel Core i5-750 Review - The Intel Core i5-750 is a very good example of a product that not only looks great on paper, but also in real life. Combined with its excellent overclocking potential as demonstrated by our retail box processor as evident in this review, as well as being renowned for the very same reason by many enthusiasts around the web, there is absolutely no reason to be not impressed by the amount of performance you get (And can possibly go beyond) from the Intel Core i5-750 -- especially for its price!
  • Nvidia GF100 Fermi specs and preliminary benchmarks revealed -The card ran Far Cry 2 at a resolution of 1920×1200 with 4x AA and all other settings at Ultra high and it got up to 84 frames per second. The reference card hovered around 50 frames per second with the same settings. And these cards (the Fermi and the reference) were run with an i7 960 CPU with 6gb of memory. Note that it was early rumored that the reference card was a 5870, however later rumors suggested that the reference card was a GTX 285 instead. The true identity of the reference card has not been confirmed.
  • Office 2010 system requirements confirmed - Alex Dubec from the Office Trustworthy Computing Performance team, posted an update on the Office 2010 system requirements for users
  • Firefox 3.6 Final Released - Firefox 3.6 is now available. No more betas, no more release candidates, it is finally here!
  • Internet Explorer 9 to enhance tabbed browsing - Neowin reports that Microsoft has filed a patent that reveals Internet Explorer 9 is set to have better tab management options and enhanced functionality.
  • Win7codecs 2.3.2 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.
  • Mr. Ballmer, would you sign my mac? (video) - Steve Ballmer signs a student's Macbook during his visit to Trevecca Nazarene University.
  • Microsoft patches IE security hole - Ready for an update? Good. If you're still using Microsoft's Internet Explorer (versions 5.01 to 8) for some inexplicable reason, there's a patch that you should probably install! Yeah, the devs in Redmond have broken free from their usual monthly update cycle in order to push out a patch to fix the hole that was exploited by a group of sophisticated hackers last week. Refresh that Windows Update if you're scared, or -- you know -- just download one of the many other free web browsers that are far, far superior to IE.
  • Bill Gates is on Twitter! - Ever wonder what the hell Bill Gates would tweet about? Well, wonder no more because the man is now on Twitter!
  • Apple iPhone OS 4.0 features revealed - Here are five features added to the iPhone OS 4.0 that should make iPhone fans excited.
  • Fastest texter in the world does 264-chars in 1:59 on LG enV3 - At the first ever LG Mobile World Cup in New York City, the fastest texter in the world, Pedro Matias, 27, from Portugal completed a 264-character text in just 1 minute 59 seconds on an LG enV3 handset, shaving 23 seconds off the previous world record held by Finland's Arttu Harkki on April 27, 2005. 
  • H-P Testing a Touchless 'Wall of Touch' (video) - Hewlett-Packard is testing out a new design of its TouchSmart technology that doesn't actually require customers to touch the screen. The new design, called the “wall of touch”, is an interactive touch screen wall comprised of up to nine 43 inch to 46 inch, 1.5 inch thick panels with a resolution of 1080p
  • TSA Can Copy Files Off Your Computer - Here is an article that says the TSA can not only search your laptop but they can also copy any files they want and give them to third-party agencies.
  • First look at new Audi MMI with Google Earth integration (video) - Audi isn't the first to add Google to its in-car information offerings. It is, however, the first to add Google Earth and then tie that in to a suite of mobile tools that will make using your navigation system almost as easy and comprehensive as using your home computer. The new A8 just got a little bit sweeter :-)
  • Conductive energy textiles woven in to your shorts charge your devices - Scientists at Stanford university have come to the table with a solution, how about charging your device from the clothes you are wearing? Their design incorporates ordinary cotton and polyester, dubbed ‘conductive energy textiles’, these hi-tech clothes will charge your batteries.
  • What would Earth look like, with the rings of Saturn (video) - Imagine if the Earth had rings like Saturn. It'd be so cool!
  • Augmented reality system lets you see through walls - The prototype uses two cameras: one that captures the driver's view and a second that sees the scene behind a view-blocking wall. A computer takes the feed from the second camera and layers it on top of the images from the first so that the wall appears to be transparent. This makes it simple to glance "through" a wall to see what's going on behind it. 
  • Caprica -The Battle For Humanity Has A Beginning - Set 58 years before Battlestar Galactica, The death of his daughter leads the creator of a failing urban combat robot project on an intrigue filled journey into politics and the criminal underworld. After discovering his daughter has successfully created a virtual copy of herself he strives to bring her into the real world using a stolen processor in his combat chassis with her code. All appears lost when a system failure leads him to believe she is truly dead, He goes on to use the processor and her code to secure the future of his failing project. Impressed with the demonstration the government appear very pleased with his Cybernetic Life form Node or CYLON. But all is not lost when the CYLON is deactivated she awakens reaches out to friend.
  • Trailer for Conor McPherson's Supernatural Film The Eclipse - This trailer looks great, I'm definitely interested in seeing it. If you're in the mood for some supernatural, enjoy. Magnolia is bringing The Eclipse to theaters starting on March 26th this year.
  • Early 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.
  • Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3-D First Teaser Trailer - Piranha 3-D is directed by French horror filmmaker Alexandre Aja, of High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes (remake), and Mirrors previously. The screenplay was co-written by Alexandre Aja, Josh Stolberg (Good Luck Chuck, Sorority Row), Pete Goldfinger (Sorority Row), and Grégory Levasseur (High Tension, P2, Mirrors). The Weinstein Company is bringing Piranha 3-D to theaters starting on August 27th, 2010.
  • Jaimee Grubbs Bikini Pictures from Ralph Magazine - If you don't know who Jaimee Grubbs is, it's okay, you really shouldn't. Well, not until about a month ago, anyway. Because until she revealed that she was sleeping with Tiger Woods, no one in the world even knew she existed. And as you can see from these Jaimee Grubbs bikini pictures from the february issue of Ralph magazine, she's pretty hot.
  • Keeley Hazel in lingerie - Keeley Hazell in latest photoshoot for body spray Lynx
  • Amazon is basically giving away Kindles, for free - Amazon is apparently making a very tempting proposition to some of its active customers (such as regular book purchasers on the site): go ahead and order a Kindle, and if you don't like it, you'll get your money back - and get to keep the device. In other words, if you're not satisfied you'll get a free Kindle (and an Amazon-branded cover). Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. It's unclear what they mean by 'active,' but many users who have recieved the offer are those who purchase at least a book a month (some exceptions have been reported as well). The deal is non-transferable and expires at 11:59 PM on January 25th, 2010.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,20 2010 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v196.21 - tech
(hx) 07:05 PM EST - Jan,20 2010 - Post a comment / read (2)
Nvidia has released WHQL-certified Forceware drivers v196.21 for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and Ion-series GPUs running on Windows XP, Vista or 7. The update brings multi-GPU and SLI support for many new (and some unreleased) games, including Avatar Demo, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, City Bus Simulator, Dirt 2, Ferrari Virtual Race, GREED: Black Border, Mass Effect 2, Mortal Online, Ninja Blade, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo, Planet 51, RUSE, Serious Sam HD, and Wings of Prey. Version 196.21 also upgrades the PhysX System Software to version 9.09.1112 and offers a variety of bug fixes in 3DMark06, Allied Force Falcon, BioShock, DiRT 2, Left 4 Dead, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Risen, Shattered Horizon, The Sims 3, and World of Warcraft. If you want to take an in-depth look at the changes, check out Nvidia's release notes for Windows XP and Windows Vista/7 -- or just grab them.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,18 2010 - tech
NVIDIA Fermi (GT 100) videos leaked - tech
(hx) 04:53 PM EST - Jan,18 2010 - Post a comment
HardOCP found a bunch of videos that reportedly show off the NVIDIA Fermi GF100 card in action:

Firing Squad reports that Nvidia claims the chip will run Far Cry 2 at 84.3 frames per second with 1920x1200 resolution with 4xAA/16xAF. Dark Void ran at 76.82 frames per second at the same settings.
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