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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,16 2009 - tech 
TechNews - Intel Core i7 920 and 940 CPU Tested - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 920 and 940 CPU Tested - While gaming in GPU limited scenarios is never going to be particularly helped by CPU upgrades, and some other disciplines don't particularly benefit from Nehalem's architecture, many other common tasks from extracting archives through to video encoding see vast gains from Core i7 and the general impression when you look at the whole is that Core i7 is simply a pretty major step up in performance terms no matter how you look at it. Yes, its performance comes at a premium, and the Core i7 940 isn't worth considering, but Intel's Core i7 920 is undoubtedly up there as a fantastically tempting proposition for any enthusiast right now. 
  • ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 video-card tested - Enter the Asus ENGTS250 DK (for Dark Knight) HTDI/512MD3/AR/A PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard. ASUS's ENGTS250 DK videocard should draw less power and produce less heat than the Geforece 9800GTX+, and in this case makes use of a very nice and pretty quiet heatsink. It will be interesting to find out whether the Geforce GTS250 or Radeon HD 4850 offer the best value for the gaming enthusiast on a moderate budget. And just because we like you (thank you for reading our reviews!), we've nabbed a second Geforce GTS 250 from Asus so you can see how two of these bad-boys will perform in SLI mode.
  • Intel upgrades to fix SSD performance flaw -  INTEL has released a firmware upgrade for an SSD performance problem which it initially said did not exist.
  • Affordable, ultra-thin Dell laptop may ship in August - According to DigiTimes, Taiwanese contract manufacturer Compal Electronics has received orders from Dell for CULV-based laptops. The systems are "expected to start shipping in August," so we may see them hit Dell's online store before this summer.
  • How to get Windows 7 legally at a discount or free (Students Only) - Check out some hints on how to  legally get Windows 7 at a discount or even for free when the final version is ready later this year.
  • Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year - Economic concerns and worries about compatibility -- the bugbear that doomed Vista in the corporate market -- will keep Windows 7 on the shelf for all but a handful of enterprises until at least 12 months after the OS becomes available later this year or early next, depending on Microsoft's release schedule. 
  • Confirmed: Office 2010 will come in 32-bit, 64-bit flavors - Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that Office 2010 will be available in both flavors.
  • Internet Explorer 8 to hit Automatic Update this month -  Those of you who run Internet Explorer 6 or 7 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and more recent Windows releases will get the same treatment 'on or about the third week of April.' The browser will show up as a 'high priority' update for Windows XP systems and as 'important' for Vista and Windows Server 2008 systems. 
  • 588% Faster Processing Speed For High Definition Video Encoding - Tokyo based Pegasys, Inc. has just announced the upcoming availability of the TMPGEnc SpursEngine Movie Plug-in for TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. The plug-in enables high-speed, hardware encoding on devices embedded with the Toshiba SpursEngine Media Streaming Processor. The company claims that using the TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress plug-in yields up to 588% faster processing speed for high definition video encoding. Based on the same Cell processor architecture used in Sony's PS3, SpursEngine devices actually hit the market in October of last year.
  • Ten Technologies About to Go Extinct - Check out this list of ten technologies about to go extinct and then jump into the comments section and let us know what you think should have made the list.
  • Unboxing the M&M Ear Bud Headphones (video) - These earphones are fully branded as the candy, complete with the earpieces looking like two little pieces of M&M candy, but the earphones are actually produced by the good people at Maxell. Yes, that makes them a cheaper pair of headphones, but that's what you should expect for ten bucks. According to Chan, the noise cancellation on the candy-themed earphones is just as good as the JVC Air Cushion or Skullcandy Smoking Buds.
  • Google Zurich office - Video tour - Google sure knows how to keep its employees happy. There will be zero complaints to the HR if you provide three gourmet meals, pool tables, gym with personal trainers, massage parlors and of course theme meeting rooms to show presentations.
  • Mininova Passes 8 Billion Torrent Downloads Mark - TorrentFreak reports that popular torrent site Mininova just passed the 8 billion download mark
  • Cool games on a big screen multi-touch table (video) - Illusion Labs a game developer showcased two of its popular games on a large multi-touch table. Touchtech a Swedish company has manufactured the touch table. The games run on any multi-touch hardware, including mobile devices, multi-touch laptops and large window displays. 
  • The Hurt Locker Trailer -  This is not an Iraq war movie. This is an action movie! ummit has finally debuted the trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker.
  • Official Trailer for Lars von Trier's Antichrist - Zentropa has released a trailer for Lars von Trier's Antichrist. As far as I know, the film doesn't have a US distributor just yet. It is expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this summer before hitting theaters in Europe throughout May and June.
  • New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer Online - A new International trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is online, and this one focuses more on the connection of Horace Slughorn, a former teacher of Tom Riddle, the man who would become Voldemort.
  • Valhalla Rising - Intense Promo Trailer - It stars Mads Mikkelsen as a one-eyed Viking warrior who escapes his tribal captor and flees to a strange new land. It kind of reminds me of The 13th Warrior and/or Pathfinder.
  • Another New Star Trek TV Spot -  Another new TV spot for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek has aired. I wouldn't have normally posted this if it weren't for the hilariously awesome tagline in this one - 'This is not your father's Star Trek.'
  • HD Camera Trick Challenge (video) - This camera trick challenge on YouTube is pretty slick. This was shot in one take, has not been edited and does not use special effects of any kind.
  • Home made wall of death (video) - Wow thats a cool project / stunt! 
  • Fast Food Reality (pic) - Have you ever seen a McDonald's or Wendy's advertisement and really appreciated how delicious a sandwich or burger looked. You were so impressed that you went to said fast food restaurant and ordered yourself one.
  • We Didn't Start the Flame War (video) - Collegehumor wins at the Internet :-D 
  • Holy sh*t, we're small! (pic) - Obligatory Douglas Adams: "Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space." 
  • Veronika Zemanova Photos - Another check babe - check it out!
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,14 2009 - tech
Windows XP Mainstream Support Ends Today - tech
(hx) 01:42 PM EDT - Apr,14 2009 - Post a comment
Microsoft today retired Mainstream Support for Windows XP and Office 2003. However, for both products, Microsoft is not planning to retire Extended Support until April 8, 2014. If Redmond ends up releasing a fourth service pack for XP, it will retire support for SP3 (released April 2008) two years after SP4 is released, or in April 2014, whichever comes first. The same applies for Office 2003, which is also at SP3 (released in September 2007). In other words, most users don't have to worry for almost five more years. The main difference between the two support packages is that Mainstream Support includes complimentary and paid support as well as bug fixes for all those who purchase a retail copy. Both support packages include free security updates, so all users will still receive security patches as Microsoft issues them, and the company will offer per-incident support via phone and Web for everyone. Customers who purchased a machine with XP on it will need to look to their OEM for support. Non-security hotfixes will be available to businesses that are enrolled in the Extended Hotfix Support program.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,11 2009 - tech
TechNews - Conficker wakes up - tech
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  • The Big X58 Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Roundup -  Mad Shrimps posted a X58 Triple Channel DDR3 Memory roundup.
  • Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB Flash Drive Tested - It's a really awesome memory stick, it might be a tad slower than the others with small files but it gets faster the bigger the transfers get. It proved to be as fast as the Corsair Voyager Flash which has always been a top of the line flash drive. It looks quite cool and is very slim also so you will be able to have it in your pocket without being bothered it's there. 64Gb will also work as a backup drive in my eyes, and I believe that the flash drives and SSD harddrives are slowly taking over the market and maybe finally we can leave at least the IDE standard behind us.
    The only con with this drive is the price, 64Gb is the biggest on the market almost which ofcourse cost a bit more also but in due time we will see them at lower prices.
  • HP Will Fix Your O And P Keys For $298 -  Randy tried to get new O and P keys for his HP laptop. The outsourced, English-is-not-his-first-language, customer service rep won't sell or send him the keys and instead insists that Randy sit in for a $298 repair. Blithely indifferent to Randy's increasing incredulity and rage, the customer service rep suggests that for that amount of money, Randy should just buy a new laptop for $400. That's right, a new laptop because two of the keys are bad. The ridiculous chat transcript can be found here.
  • Bluetooth 3.0 to Launch on April 21st - The next standard for Bluetooth, version 3.0, is scheduled to be released on 4/21. PCWorld gives us a rundown on what they already know about 3.0 and what other sources are saying. The Bluetooth 3.0 standard is expected to deliver even faster short-range wireless speeds (up to 480 Mbit/s), improvements to reduce chances of device disconnections when syncing, and the addition of Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP) technology that will reportedly allow Bluetooth 3.0 devices to transfer data at speed on par with Wi-Fi. Another advancement will allow the Bluetooth wireless frequency to piggyback on the Wi-Fi 802.11 protocol - in affect allowing Bluetooth over Wi-Fi
  • Conficker wakes up, updates, drops payload - The Conficker worm is finally active, updating via peer-to-peer between infected computers and dropping a mystery payload on infected computers, Trend Micro said on Wednesday. The software appeared to be a .sys component hiding behind a rootkit, which is software that is designed to hide the fact that a computer has been compromised, according to Trend Micro. The software is heavily encrypted, which makes code analysis difficult, the researchers said. 
  • Microsoft to patch Excel hole, seven others - Microsoft announced the next Patch Tuesday update is going to have eight patches in it, five of them listed as critical. So, if you don't have automatic updates turned on, mark you calendar and make time to patch your PC. 
  • 20 Functions of Vista to Improve Your Life - After all the hype between Vista versus Mac, some Vista users may feel they missed the best technological innovations of our decade. This is just not so. Mac just has better marketing people. Vista skimped on the marketing budget to make good software. So before you trade in your computer for a Mac, read these tips to learn how Vista can simplify your life, leaving you more free time for its fun and exciting features.
  • Japanese firm intros GPU-accelerated consumer video editor - This $69 video editor has a novel, user-friendly interface for HD video editing, and it features extensive GPU acceleration - both for the editing and encoding processes. 
  • BumpTop - 3D Desktop Zen (video) - Using 3D desktops haven't always been very fun but what about a 3D desktop on a touchscreen PC? That might be kinda cool.
  • Control Your TV with Your Hand (video) - GestureTek CEO Bill Leckonby demonstrates how a TV can be controlled remotely by using a hand instead of a physical controller.
  • Adobe Offers Flex Builder 3 Free to Unemployed Developers - Are you a developer that’s out of work right now? Adobe Systems is offering free Flex Builder 3 licenses to unemployed developers. Adobe officials said the company is providing free trial Adobe Flex Builder 3 licenses as part of a "getting started" package that will allow unemployed developers to expand their skills and learn how to build Web applications in Flex. The package also includes access to training and information about developer events, and connects developers to resources within the community to help people find jobs.
  • Zune HD - Is this the real thing? - Images of the Zune HD or the fourth generation Zune have leaked to Engadget. It has been confirmed that what you see here is not some Fanboys imagination but design concepts actually produced for Microsoft. Sources close to the Zune's development team confirm that the Zune HD is for real and it is a bit smaller than the iPod touch with competitive capabilities.
  • 10 Easter Eggs in Action - ComputerWorld has a fun article showing 10 easter eggs in various programs complete with video demonstrations
  • Laptop Hunters $1500 – Lisa and Jackson get a Sony VAIO - Microsoft has released its third laptop hunter advertisement, this time featuring a mother and son team.
  • MS Gun April 2009 Grand Finale (video) - Microsoft has a frickin' gun club?!?
  • Galaga Remix for iPhone (video) - The Apple iPhone is a terrific platform for enjoying some of these simpler games and one of the more recent releases is Galaga Remix, a slightly reworked version of the classic space shooting arcade game. The title includes both the classic Galaga arcade game and an updated version with fresh graphics. The gameplay remains the same across both versions.
  • ARf, an Augmented Reality Virtual Pet on the iPhone  - Over at TouchArcade, game researcher Blair MacIntyre demonstrated an example of an Augmented Reality application that was in testing on the iPhone. Augmented Reality is described as a combination of real-world and computer-generated data, where computer graphics objects are blended into video footage in real time. 
  • Acura ZDX is Another 'Sports Activity Coupe' (video) - The Acura MDX is the largest of the bunch, competing against mid- to full-size SUVs. The Acura RDX is its nimbler cousin, offering a slightly upscale alternative to a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. And the all-new 2010 Acura ZDX tackles the 'sports activity coupe' market currently occupied by the BMW X6.
  • Watch a Google Street View Car Hit a Bridge -  Apparently Google's drivers sometimes forget they're driving around with pole-mounted cameras on their car roofs. 
  • If Your IM Buddy List Was Honest - Your IM buddy chat window is filled with pseudonyms for all of your friends, but when you read it, you know who you're really talking to.
  • Public Enemies Trailer #2 - The film has an all star cast made up of Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, David Wenham, Leelee Sobieski, Marion Cotillard, and Billy Crudup as J. Edgar Hoover. Universal is bringing Public Enemies to theaters everywhere on July 1st this summer.
  • Duncan Jones' Moon Trailer - Check it out! - Sony Picture Classics has debuted the first trailer for Duncan Jones' Moon, the brilliant indie sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell that first premiered at Sundance earlier this year. 
  • First Crazy Trailer for Johnnie To's Vengeance - From Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To comes Vengeance, a brutal tale about a French assassin-turned-chef who travels to Hong Kong in order to avenge the murder of his daughter.
  • Eminem - We Made You (official video) - This is the first official single from Em's new album Relapse due out May 15th.
  • Adriana Lima - El Pais Magazine (March 2009) - Adriana Lima leggy and cleavagy (busty!) in El Pais Semanal.
  • Miranda Kerr is a Dream Angel - What do you think of Miranda Kerr?
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,08 2009 - tech
ATI Catalyst 9.4 Display Driver - tech
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All you Radeon owners should head on over to the AMD/ATi website and grab the new Catalyst 9.4 drivers. The new drivers include a new ATI Overdrive auto-tune application 'to estimate the over-clocked engine and memory values for ATI Overdrive supported ATI Radeon accelerators,' clear up a flickering issue in World of Warcraft (Vista), fix an artifact problem on Age of Conan DX10 (Vista), Google Sketchup no longer displays blank screen (Vista) and more. Grab them if you need them!

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,07 2009 - tech
TechNews - GeForce GTX 285 Round-Up - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 Overclocking - Intel's Core i7 processor offers a significant performance increase over previous generation Core 2 processors.  In addition, like the legacy Core 2 architecture, the new Core i7 also has a bunch more headroom for wringing upside performance out of the chip, maximizing value, power and return on your investment with overclocking.
  • GeForce GTX 285 Round-Up, Asus, BFG and Zotac - Thanks to its overall fastest clock profile, the BFG GTX 285 OCX performed the best by a small margin in most tests. The Zotac GTX 285 AMP!, with the second fastest clocks overall, offered the second best performance. That leaves the ASUS ENGTX285 TOP, which took a close third place but not by a significant spread. In a few cases, all three cards even performed quite favorably when compared to dual-GPU single card configurations like the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and GeForce GTX 295. 
  • Super Talent develops 2TB PCIe RAID SSD with 1.3 GB/sec throughput - RAIDDrives support up to 2 TB of MLC or SLC Nand Flash memories, have a turbocharged DRAM Cache, and the RAIDDrive ES is fully battery backed to protect data in the event of power loss. The RAIDDrives connect through a PCIe Gen. 2.0 x8 interface and are capable of delivering sequential Read speeds of up to 1.2GB/s, sequential Write speeds of up to 1.3GB/s. More performance details will be unveiled in June. As an optional feature users will be able to configure the drives with an internal RAID5 capability to deliver an extra level of data protection for mission critical applications. 
  • Windows 7: 64 bit vs 32 bit? - Well, it depends on what you use your system for. If you have a 64 bit capable CPU but use older hardware, it would be safe to stay with a 32 bit version for the time being to ensure that you don't need extra upgrades. If you've got the latest hardware and drivers are available, then it may be worth while taking the step up to a 64 bit OS. If you regularly work with resource hungry applications that are 64 bit optimised (such as video editing, CAD and image packages) then it would be especially beneficial to be able to work with over 4GB of RAM amongst the other improvements. 
  • Windows 7 Will Allow Downgrades Too - Even though people are raving about Windows 7, there are still going to be some of you that want to stick with their old OS once Windows 7 hits the market.
  • Vulnerability in Microsoft Office PowerPoint - There is no fix just yet but Microsoft is aware of the flaw and the company is working on a solution. 
  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus v4.0 reviewed - ESET's NOD32 is probably the best anti-virus software on the market. Once again the company has delivered an excellent product that is highly effective and easy to use - the interface can even be tweaked by the advanced user. Well, it sounds like a PR review, however, I can confirm that ESET NOD32 is really good. In related news, PC Review posted a review of Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, an all in one security suite which performs admirably.
  • Laptop Hunters $1500 - Giampaolo gets an HP HDX (video) - Here's the latest MS 'Laptop Hunters' ad that is sending Apple fans into a collective apoplexy. First Lauren, now Giampaolo. Thoughts?
  • FBI raids Texas data center in pursuit of Wolverine leak - 20th Century Fox got a nasty April Fools Day surprise when an unfinished version of the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie was leaked onto BitTorrent. 20th Century Fox quickly issued a statement that was the equivalent of a war cry, and the FBI raided a Texas data center, allegedly to obtain records related to Wolverine's spread. 
  • Inside the Google data center (video) - operations at the Google Data Center Efficiency Summit held Wednesday in Mountain View, Calif. The presentations included a video tour of a Google data center, which showcased the companys use of shipping containers to store servers and storage. Each of these 40-foot data center containers can house up to 1,160 servers, and Google has been using them since it began building its own facilities in 2005
  • Unplug the Internet: No President should have this power - The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate would allow the president to shut down private Internet networks. The legislation also calls for the government to have the authority to demand security data from private networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access. 
  • The No-Look Touchscreen Dial from Google (video)-  In essence, the user does not need to hit pre-defined virtual buttons on the screen to dial. Instead, wherever the user touches first becomes the "5" on a standard numeric keypad. From here, the user can swipe in the appropriate direction to get the other numbers. Swipe up to get 2, down-right to get 9, left to 4, and so on. Differentiating between 8 and 0 is done by the length of the stroke (short down for 8, long down for 0), though that could result in a couple of errors.
  • Next gen iPhone and iPod to feature low powered 802.11n chip - Looks like the next iPhone and iPod will have a new low powered 802.11n chip, which will also support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • LG GD900 video reveals it all - The transparent keypad is definitely the highlight of the phone. It slides in and out pretty smoothly; this explains the stability of the slider. However, the transparent keypad is crystal clear and has some good response time with screen controls. The screen seems good enough eye candy, with the interactive menu system and stylish UI.
  • Virus-built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices - The 'virus batteries' have the energy capacity and power performance similar to the rechargeable batteries. The prototype battery is a coin battery, but conceivably cell and larger batteries for powering cars could be made from this process. Right now, it can go at least 100 charges before performance tapers off, but that number will increase. 
  • The AA-12 is the worlds most effective combat shotgun (video) - Pulling in the best features that a combat shotgun of today can gather, the AA-12 makes a grand entry into the world of ammunition. It can fire five 12-gauge shells per second!
  • Segway Vehicle On Video - . Seriously, the only way I could see something like this ever becoming a reality is in a place where cars are banned.
  • Man-sized Fish (video) - check it out
  • GameInformer Outsells Time, Playboy & Sports Illustrated - Did you know that Game Informer Magazine is actually outselling TV Guide, Playboy and Maxim?
  • Bruno Trailer - Here' the first teaser trailer for Bruno. Universal will debut Bruno in theaters everywhere on July 10th this year.
  • Sandy Collora's Hunter Prey Trailer - io9 has debuted the first teaser trailer for Sandy Collora's Hunter Prey today, and it definitely falls into the category of short 'n sweet. Hunter Prey is an indie sci-fi flick about a group of soldiers who crash land on a planet and lose their prisoner (sounds a lot like Pitch Black). The film does not have a US distributor yet, but you can expect to hear more in the next few months.
  • New Terminator Salvation Viral Video - Videos like this are very cool to see and should lead up to something, but I just can't figure it out. As a recap, be sure to check out both and There haven't been any other major Skynet updates or even Resistance updates for a week or so now.
  • 20 Hot Celebrities We Want To See Naked in Movies - Some actresses are OK with going naked in front of the camera and others are not :-)
  • Kylie Minogue is Still Hot - Kylie Minogue is on the cover of Elle magazine in the UK, and it's safe to say that she is still very hot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,03 2009 - tech
AMD HD 4890 & NVIDIA GTX 275 cards compared - tech
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NVIDIA and AMD announced new GTX 275 and HD 4890 accelerators. There are articles comparing the two new products on Legit ReviewsPC Games Hardware, TechAge:
Well before I received either of these two cards, I had expected the match-up to be quite even, similar to the match-up we saw this past winter. As our test results have shown, though, that's not the case. NVIDIA's card came out on top in almost every-single one of the tests throughout the six games in our suite. Some of these do carry NVIDIA's badge on the box, but not all. ATI's name isn't on any, as it's become increasingly difficult to find a game with one. NVIDIA has been far more proactive in their marketing this way, and given that so many games seem to favor their cards lately, they're no doubt offering more than just their logo for some box art. From almost all perspectives, NVIDIA's card is the clear winner. It proved faster in the vast majority of our tests, and also managed to deliver a more impressive top overclock. Normally, I'd blame ATI's Overdrive utility for not allowing us to reach sky-high clocks, but that's not the case here. While that utility allowed us to hit 1000MHz, our max stable Core clock proved to be 975MHz. If only both manufacturers offered voltage tweaking... then we may see some entirely different results.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,02 2009 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v182.50 - tech
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There are brand new GeForce 182.50 reference drivers out today for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit..This driver version adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8‐series, 9‐series and 200‐series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v9.09.0203).
Fixed Issues–Windows XP 32-bit:

Single-GPU Resolved Issues and Changes
- GeForce 7 series AGP, GeForce 6 Series AGP: NVIDIA graphics driver  cannot be installed.

Multi-GPU Resolved Issues and Changes
-[SLI]: Football Manager 09–the game fails to run properly with SLI mode  enabled. [490661]
-[SLI], GeForce 9500 GT: With SLI mode enabled, Resident Evil Extinction Blu‐ray disc playback stutters using Cyberlink 4102 with noise reduction and image enhancement set to 100%.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,01 2009 - tech
TechNews - April Foolin' 2009 - tech
(hx) 07:48 PM EDT - Apr,01 2009 - Post a comment
  • Intel Xeon X5570 and E5520 Gainestown Processors Tested - It should be noted that on the Intel Xeon X5570 the processor operates at 2.93GHz with DDR3 memory speeds up to 1333MHz
  • 3GB, 6GB or 12GB Investigated -  Look like the 6GB kit gives the perfect happy medium. The gains 12GB had over the 6GB kit were minimal overall and this time there was minimal difference in Vista's performance as opposed to the 3GB kit. The 6GB kit did not appear to put anywhere near as much stress on the CPU, given that we achieved 200 MHz more. Once the 6GB threshold is exceeded, performance differences seemed to diminish. There were simply not enough differences between the 2 kits to warrant the extra cash injection needed. Sure, a full rack of memory looks the part and certainly grants those extra E-Peen points people yearn for but the sensible money goes on the 6GB kit, at least until Microsoft decide to munch through more of our memory with a new Operating system. 
  • Asus Eee PC1004DN-First Eee PC to feature optical disc drive - The Asus Eee PC1004DN is the first in the Eee PC range to feature a Super-Multi optical disc drive, enabling users to read and write optical discs for convenient data back-ups. 
  • Western Digital acquires solid-state drive firm - Western Digital has acquired solid-state drive maker SiliconSystems. The $65 million transaction is already complete, and SiliconSystems has become WD's Solid-State Storage business unit. The purchase will provide the current market leader in 2.5-inch drives with a way into the growing SSD market. Based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., SiliconSystems was established in 2002, and makes SSD products for communications, industrial, embedded systems, medical, military, and aerospace applications. SiliconSystems' product lineup includes SSDs with a variety of interfaces, including SATA, EIDE, PC Card, USB, and CF, in 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch, and CF.
  • Conficker worm reaches go time, to no effect - And the award for 'Best April Fool's Day joke' for the year 2009 has to go to this whole Conficker worm scare. It seems that everyone was panicking for nothing, no doomsday, no end of the world…yet ;-)
  • Skype For iPhone: It's Official - In terms of navigation, Skype's VoIP app for iPhone looks more like your traditional iPhone app than it does Skype 4.0 for Windows. For many who already prefer Apple's sleek interface archetype, that's a triumph, but those who enjoy Skype's branding may feel disappointed. 
  • Hoax site promising tan from computer screen gets 1 mil hits - A website ironically claiming to offer users an all-year tan through their computer screens has received more than one million hits in two months....It's awesome how they have the "O1, O2, O3" chart they say they combine to make "UVC rays." O2 is oxygen, O3 is ozone, and O1 doesn't even exist as a molecular formula.
  • Urilift public urinal costs $100,000 (video) - The Urilift public urinal lurks underground all day like some strange nocturnal beast, and then rises majestically at 10pm every evening just in time to satisfy the urgent need of drunkards looking for somewhere to relieve themselves.
  • How to Use Chopsticks - Become an Expert in 90 Seconds (video) - Tim Ferriss shows us how to use chop sticks properly
  • Deleted 'Twilight' Sex Scene (video) - Vampires and mortals are forbidden from making love. Unless she's into the kinky stuff. 
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 Trailer - Sony has debuted a second new full length trailer for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123.
  • April Foolin' 2009 - WB Acquires The Pirate Bay - check it out
  • Padma Lakshmi - Ocean Drive Magazine - Feb 2009 - For any Padma Lakshmi fans out there, the Top Chef hostess graced the February 2009 cover of Miami based Ocean Drive magazine. The photos and poses aren't particularly ground breaking...I would have loved to see a outdoor setting like Kareena's Harper's Bazaar cover, but Padma looks pretty and the clothes are nice and spring-y!
  • Jarah Mariano - UHQ Photoshoot Model Pictures - Jarah-Evelyn Makalapua Mariano is an American fashion model of Hawaiian, Korean, and Chinese descent.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,28 2009 - tech
TechNews-Windows 7 blocks 3rd-party video codecs - tech
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  • GeForce GTX 260 Roundup - The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 was significantly faster than the Q8200, so if you are building or updating an existing system the extra cache and clock frequency seem well worth the extra price. The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 is a great performing mainstream quad-core part that has decent thermals and great overclocking potential. The x8 multiplier allows for great overclocking as a single BIOS setting change (increasing your FSB to 400MHz) will take the Q9400 up to 3.2GHz with no problems at all.
  • GTX 275 Listed in EU - GPU Cafe has spotted NVIDIA's upcoming GTX 275 at a European retailer. The price is listed at 249 euros ($331 in USD) and will be in stock on April 6th. The Geforce GTX 275 is supposed to combat ATI's RV790 based refresh the Radeon HD 4890 but the difference lies in the strategy to the market. The GTX 275 design is left up to the AIB partners to implement with Nvidia just outlining the basic spec.
  • GeForce GTX 295: New on Old  - Look what a high-end GeForce GTX 295 card can do for an AsRock DDR Athlon X2 system that has a single 16x PCIe 1.0a slot
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Processor Tested -  The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 has four processing cores running at 2.66GHz, 6MB of shared L2 cache, and a 1333MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). If you are thinking of building an Intel LGA775 platform this processor should be at the top of your list! 
  • Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive Tested - It runs cool, quiet, and used far less electricity than other drives tested. Using a Caviar Green drive would be a good idea for many applications, but especially in a NAS device or HTPC where noise, heat, and power consumption might be of particular interest. 
  • 16GB USB Drive Comparison - 17 Drives Compared - If I'm looking for a USB drive, the first thing I look at is the Copy To or Write speeds, this is what is most important to me, the next thing would be the Copy From speeds, as for me what I do most is put data on it, then take it off, reading from the drive is not that important to me really. So it all depends on what your priorities are concerning USB drives, the results are here, you can judge for yourself which is best for you. 
  • MIT Graphene Multiplier May Push CPUs to 1,000 GHz - According to this story, researchers from MIT have built an experimental graphene chip, known as a frequency multiplier, that they say could lead to practical systems in the 500 - 1,000GHz range. 
  • Windows 7: Build 7057 blocks third-party video codecs - The latest beta of Windows 7 blocks the usage of third party video decoders from Windows Media Player and MCE.
  • Touching Windows 7 (video) - The Windows Touch gestures are the basic actions you use to interact with Windows or an application using touch. As we noted above, because the gestures are built into the core of Windows, they are designed to work with all applications, even ones that were never designed with touch in mind.
  • Firefox v3.0.8 Released - FireFox users, If haven't updated to 3.0.8, please do so now. Firefox version 3.0.8 fixes two critical security issues that were found to exist in Firefox version 3.0.7
  • No joke in April Fool's Day computer worm - The Conficker C computer worm is expected to activate on April Fool's Day. The malicious program already is thought to have infected between 5 million and 10 million computers.
  • Pwn2Own Hacker shares thoughts on Mac and PC security - You've probably seen the headlines: "Pwn2Own 2008: MacBook Air hacked in 2 minutes" or "Pwn2Own 2009: Safari/MacBook falls in seconds." But there's a story behind every headline and who better to get the story from than Charlie Miller, the man behind the headlines? Tom's Hardware had the opportunity to chat with Charlie after his back-to-back successes in demonstrating zero-day exploits affecting the Mac. 
  • Apple uses a jailbroken iPhone in patent application - The images from the iPhone biometric security patent application show a jailbroken phone, complete with, SMBPrefs, and the iWood Realize theme from the iSpazio repository
  • The Pirate Bay to roll out secure 5 euro per month VPN service - The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tracks when torrenting. The new service will be called IPREDator.
  • Where The Wild Things Are Trailer - The first trailer for Spike Jonze's film Where The Wild Things Are debuted online this morning on the Ellen show and has since popped up online. The trailer looks good. I'm curious to see how they can create a full-length movie out of that book though. We'll see I guess, it does look promising.
  • Where the Wild Things Are Teaser Trailer! - Here's the first teaser trailer for Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are. There isn't much dialogue, just a little bit at the beginning, but the rest of this trailer is still amazing!
  • The Duck Song - An animated video to go along with Bryant Oden's original song. Enjoy ;)
  • New Microsoft Ad: Hi Mac, I'm a PC and I'm Cheaper Than You! - The first commercial features a woman named Lauren who was given $1,000. She wanted to get a 17-inch screen and a comfortable keyboard. She went to the Apple store only to leave disappointed as their cheapest computer (the $999 MacBook) only had a 13-inch screen and featured a narrow keyboard. She ends up at Best Buy instead, where she finds a HP Pavilion notebook with a 17-inch screen that's $699.99 before tax. She's able to get the computer and a printer for $900, pocketing the extra $100. At the end of the commercial, she states, "I'm a PC, and I got just what I wanted."
  • Cool Honda Commercial  - Good thing those cars are hybrid considering the fact that they wasted a lot of energy in the making of this commercial :-)
  • South Park Explains the US Treasury System (video) - I hadn't realized that the system was quite that bloody impressive. Brilliant! ;-)
  • Audrina Patridge in ultra-tight jeans photos - Celebrity Audrina Patridge is back!
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,25 2009 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7 Gaming Performance - tech
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  • Asus Rampage II GENE microATX motherboard Tested - The Intel Core i7 is still the most powerful desktop processor money can buy and it should come as no surprise that it's also the most expensive. Yet it's possible to get together the guts of a basic Core i7 system for $600 if you choose the still very speedy Core i7 920. This got me thinking about building a microATX gaming system around the Core i7 platform as it seemed like a feasible thing to do, except for the lack of X58 motherboards using this form factor.
  • Nvidia To Unveil MCP89E Chipset For Centrino 2 - Nvidia is bringing out a new MCP89E chipset that will support DDR3 memories natively. It share some similarities with the MCP79 chipset supporting Intel mobile processors for Centrino 2 platform. While MCP79 supports 2Gb DDR2/3 devices, MPC89E is able to support 4 Gb DDR3 device. However, MCP89E supports only 8 PCIe lanes instead of 20 on MCP79. 
  • Samsung NC310 Netbook Pushes Limits with 11 Hour Battery Life - The Asus Eee PC 1000HE does 9.5 hours on a charge and now the Samsung NC310 goes even further with its eleven hours! 
  • Forceware 182.46 Beta Drivers - New Forceware beta drivers (XP 32-bit / Vista 32-bit) are available. Use them at your own risk. Optimized single GPU and SLI support for upcoming PC games. Numerous bug fixes.
  • Windows 7 series: NVIDIA and AMD Graphics and Gaming Performance - PC Perspective takes a look at the graphics and gaming performance of Windows 7. The results are actually LESS exciting than I'd hoped they would be; but I think in the end that is a good thing.  Performance for all seven graphics cards they tested was at least CLOSE when comparing Windows 7 and Windows Vista results.  In a few cases, especially with Far Cry 2, the NVIDIA driver you can download today is simply not up to the quality one would expected from the GeForce-giant.  Even in other games, where the average frame rate would only drop 5% or less, the difference was notable at least to us in graphs if not in real-world experiences.
  • Next Office version to ship in 32-bit and 64-bit versions -  ZDNET blogger Ed Bott found an interesting bit of information while digging around in Windows 7 beta releases. If the code he dug up is accurate, Microsoft Office's next release will have dedicated 32 & 64 bit versions. 
  • Firefox May Already Be Dead -  Is Google's new Chrome so good that Firefox may already be dead?
  • Intel Chip Flaw: No Threat Yet? - So, is this new Intel chip flaw a big deal or not? 
  • A worm virus is capable of bringing down US power grid - The idea of hackers bring down the entire power grid might seem something out of a sci-fic movie just like DieHard 4 but security analysts say that the threat is for real. 
  • World's top 10 IT locations - PC Authority, the Australian Computer Magazine team has compiled a list of top 10 IT locations which it has found to be more IT friendly than the rest of the areas in the world. 
  • Octopus like robots to explore deep sea life (video) - Sea lovers will be happy to note the development of a tiny robot octopus explorer with the ability to maneuver under water with the agility of a jelly fish.
  • Warner Brothers Adds 5000 Titles to its DVD Catalogue Online - Those wacky Brothers Warner are always looking to make a buck, but this time I think they offer a wonderful opportunity to fans while breaking out a new on demand service that will offer 'longtail' releases that were never scheduled for DVD to now be available. I think this is pure brilliance by Brothers Warner and I do hope that other studios follow suit. 
  • Cinemassacre's Top 10 Car Chases (video) -  check it out
  • Kill Bill In One Minute (video) -  That's pretty much how it happened :-) 
  • Full Trailer for Kazuaki Kiriya's Goemon - Goemon is both written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya, of only Casshern previously. The screenplay was co-written by Kiriya and Tetsurô Takita. The film hits theaters in Japan this upcoming May, but no word on when we'll see it in the US just yet.
  • Crank: High Voltage TV Spot - The last good action movie to arrive before the summer movie season is Crank: High Voltage, in theaters on April 17th. This TV spot isn't supposed to be seen here in the US, but I really think there's no better way this movie can be represented than with footage like this
  • Monsters vs Aliens vs Cloverfield Viral Video - Pretty funny! Paramount will debut Monsters vs Aliens in both IMAX 3D and regular theaters on March 27th. 
  • Second Astro Boy Teaser Trailer - Summit Entertainment has debuted the second teaser trailer for Imagi's Astro Boy animated movie on Hulu. Astro Boy will arrive in theaters everywhere on October 23rd this year.
  • New Action Packed Star Trek TV Spot Online - A new TV Spot for J.J. Abrams reboot/sequel of Star Trek hit the net today that focuses more on the action in the movie. Check it out!
  • Playboy Posts Unedited Back Issues Online, for Free -  Playboy Enterprises has put 53 back issues of Playboy on the Web, viewable through Microsoft's Silverlight viewer.
  • Elisha Cuthbert All White in Maxim - These pictures are pretty sexy, and they're at least on par with her Complex shoot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,21 2009 - tech
TechNews - How to turn your 9800GTX+ into GTS250 - tech
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  • Intel Core i7: Dual-Channel vs. Triple-Channel Memory Mode - After all these tests you need to ask yourself: What the heck is that triple channel mode useful for anyway, when it is obvious that is doesn't provide performance boost that is expected? Maybe in the future and with some new versions of memory controllers, triple channel mode will provide better performances so transition to this platform will make more sense.
  • How to turn your Geforce 9800GTX+ into a GTS250 - Using Nvflash and a generic GTS 250 BIOS, Guru3D describes you how to flash your Geforce 9800GTX+ into a Geforce GTS 250. What's more, with this technique, you can get yourself another GTS 250 and run both cards in SLI mode!
  • SSD versus Enterprise SAS and SATA disks - Testing shows that choosing the "cheaper but more SATA spindles" strategy only makes sense for applications that perform mostly sequential accesses. Once random access comes into play, you need two to three times more SATA drives - and there are limits to how far you can improve performance by adding spindles. Finally, to get the best performance out of your transactional applications, RAID 10 is still king, especially with the Intel X25-E. 
  • Patriot Warp V3 256GB 2.5-inch SSD Tested - Patriot had a great run with the first two Warp drives and we had high hopes for the V3. Performance wise, the V3 is not that much of an improvement over the V2, but it does bring a capacity that was unobtainable with the previous series. Since the V3 is only available in 256GB capacity, we can live with that; but think of this version as the Warp 2.5 when it comes to performance.
  • Side by side: UI changes from Windows 7 beta to build 7057 - There is almost three months difference between the two builds: the beta was compiled on December 12, 2008, at 2:00pm and the leaked build 7057 was compiled on March 5, 2009, at 8:00pm, so there's a lot of work to cover. This post is about tracking every noticeable visual change; although I do mention some fixes here and there, I'm mainly focusing on tweaks that are "tangible" as opposed to the thousands of bugs that have been fixed. As before, the screenshots are lined up like this: build 7000 on the left and build 7057 on the right, or build 7000 above and build 7057 below. Also, remember that the "Send Feedback" link has been removed in build 7057, so that's an easy way to remember if there is a window title bar visible." 
  • Gmail Lets You 'Undo' Sent Messages  - Another day, another new feature in Gmail Labs. This one could be more useful than most, as it's something you probably have a reason to use with some frequency
  • Exploit code targeting major Intel chip flaw - This is the scariest, stealthiest, and most dangerous exploit I've seen come around since the legendary Blue Pill! No, I'm not just trying to sensationalize this or spread fear, uncertainty and doubt. This is serious and represents a massive new security threat for us all.
  • Google Designer Quits and Tells All - A designer at Google used his blog to explain why he quit his job as a designer for the search giant.
  • Ballmer dishes on Apple -  Steve Ballmer, never at a loss for words, had a few choice things to say about Apple during his speech at Media Summit 2009 in New York.
  • Banned hyperlinks could cost you $11,000 a day - The Australian communications regulator says it will fine people who hyperlink to sites on its blacklist, which has been further expanded to include several pages on the anonymous whistleblower site Wikileaks. Wikileaks was added to the blacklist for publishing a leaked document containing Denmark's list of banned websites. The move by the Australian Communications and Media Authority comes after it threatened the host of online broadband discussion forum Whirlpool last week with a $11,000-a-day fine over a link published in its forum to another page blacklisted by ACMA - an anti-abortion website.  In other news, the secretive Internet filter blacklist held by the communications watchdog ACMA has been leaked, revealing the government has understated the amount of banned Web pages by more than 1000. 
  • Apple Announces iPhone 3.0 Software  - Apple has unveiled a pile of new features aimed more at consumers, including copy and paste, and stereo Bluetooth! Double-tapping a block of text in an email brings up a text selection tool. Drag a cute blue text selection tool over the text you want to copy, then hit either the copy, cut or paste button that magically appears above the text you selected. This will work within email, Safari, SMS and between all three, as well as within any 3rd party applications that want to use it. 
  • Phone Sized Projector Demo (video) - Check out this prototype pico projector that is the size of a cell phone.
  • NTT DoCoMo's vision of the future puts Minority Report to shame (video) - NTT DoCoMo Vison of 2010 enables richer communication between people!
  • The worlds most advanced door features a LCD and runs on Linux - Korea based company Elivision has developed a high-tech wooden door which comes with a 17 inch display and speaker. It has a Linux based DD board for playing various media files which can be loaded via a USB port.
  • Extreme Sheep LED Art (video) A bunch of sheeps running around with remote controlled LED lights. 
  • Even More Terminator Salvation Eye Candy - International distributor Columbia Pictures has released a batch of new promotional photos for Terminator Salvation
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Trailer Online - Sony Pictures Animation has released the movie trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film tells the story of a scientist named Flint Lockwood, who while trying to solve world hunger who encounters a problem of global proportions, as food begins to fall from the sky like rain.
  • Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre Trailer - The trailer for Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre has arrived, and it's about as odd and creepy as you can get for a horror/thriller set on the open sea. This will hit theaters in Iceland courtesy of Sam Film in September of 2009, though it doesn't have a US distributor just yet.
  • Sorority Row Horror Trailer - Summit Entertainment has debuted the trailer for their Halloween slasher film Sorority Row, a remake of the 1983 film The House on Sorority Row. Summit Entertainment is bringing this newest Sorority Row to theaters everywhere on October 2nd this year.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spot - The TV spot names all the main characters: Wolverine, Sabretooth, Emma Frost, Agent Zero, Cyclops, Silver Fox, Blob, and Gambit. Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st.
  • Crazy What's in the Box? Short Film! - The info on the YouTube page has a link to this website - There is not much there besides a glowing, pulsating box with a question mark. Definitely, worth looking video!
  • Hayden Panettiere in InStyle - Hayden Panettiere looking awesome for the InStyle UK 2009 Photoshoot.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,19 2009 - tech
Internet Explorer 8.0 released - tech
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The Internet Explorer 8 product page now offers downloads of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 .A number of new features have been added since IE 7, along with a multitude of optimisation to the way the browser handles functions such as page rendering, JavaScript and privacy. Visually it's similar to its predecessor, and significantly faster at rendering Web pages and JavaScript. Although scoring 5,995.6ms in the SunSpider suite of JavaScript benchmarks during our tests, means Safari 4, Google Chrome, Firefox 3 and Opera 9.6 still handle JavaScript more efficiently. The first review can be found on Paul Thurrott 's Supersite.
In any event, if you're used to IE 7, IE 8 is more of the same from a user interface perspective, and will be quite familiar territory. If you prefer the bare-bones browser chrome found in browsers like Firefox and Chrome, IE 8 may seem a bit busy, especially if you dutifully installed the entire Windows Live Essentials suite (see my review) and its bundled browser toolbar. Before you dismiss IE 8 entirely on the basis of UI clutter, I'd offer up two thoughts. First, give it a chance: You may discover that the padded upper portion of the IE 8 application window can actually be used in quite productive ways. Second, even if you don't find that to be the case, know that the IE 8 interface is pretty malleable. You can remove virtually all of the top-end UI and come away with a very Spartan looking browser. In fact, stripped bare in this fashion, it reminds me of Microsoft Word 2007 when you hide the ribbon. In other words, IE 8 can pretty much be whatever you need it to be.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,18 2009 - tech
ATI Catalyst 9.3 Display Driver - tech
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All you Radeon owners should head on over to the AMD/ATi website and grab the new Catalyst 9.3 drivers. The new 9.3 Cats are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Grab them if you need them.. In related news, nd there's a review on ExtremeTech about the performance in Windows 7 vs. Vista:
That said, it's clear that ATI is well ahead of Nvidia at this moment in time. It's rare that ATI's current cards run a game slower in Windows 7, and when they do the difference is slight. More importantly, there are lots of situations where Windows 7 is actually 5–10% faster than Vista.

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

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

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

The real question is: how much better will it get? This build 7000 beta of Windows 7 is not as fast as the newer beta builds, and Microsoft continues to improve. There's no doubt some debug code embedded in the OS, which affects performance.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,17 2009 - tech
TechNews - Microsoft Surface 2 coming soon - tech
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  • Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 vs E8600 - Is the cache worth it for most PC users ? Absolutely not ! Put the money in a faster GFX card, better CPU cooler etc... The price difference is too big to justify the few gains you will get in real world applications. With the first Core 2 Duo the 1Mb vs 2Mb vs 4Mb L2 cache was definitely more noticeable. Between 3 and 6mb the gap is pretty small
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Tested -  Is this just another ploy by Nvidia to push old parts on unsuspecting consumers? Well, looks like the only thing that we can expect to change is power consumption, due to a redesigned PCB. Also, 1GB editions now officially exist as well. Nvidia is launching the GeForce GTS 250 512MB at USD129 and the GeForce GTS 250 1GB at USD149. 
  • Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player Tested -  What makes the WD TV so appealing is its price tag. $129 is attractive enough already, but I've regularly found the device on sale for as little as $99, putting it dangerously close to impulse-buy territory if you've already got a spare USB storage device. The software needs a bit of fine-tuning, yet the WD TV strikes me as an excellent choice for people like my grandparents who don't need a next-generation game console or a home theater PC just to enjoy a digital video every once in a while. If you're on the fence about an HTPC, or you're just plain frustrated with the inconsistent format support from game consoles, the WD TV might be right up your alley.
  • Windows 7: RDP changes improve remote desktop performance - Here are the features introduced in Windows 7 Remote Desktop Client.
  • Microsoft Surface 2 coming soon (video) - Joe Olsen a developer whose company writes applications for the Surface said that the next version of Surface was already in the development stage. Though Microsoft won't comment on a release date, the Surface 2 codenamed 'Second Light' will be build on the original model and have a second projector inside the table computer that can project images onto a layer above the surface of the screen. In effect, the device will be able to overlay secondary images above those on the screen - such as satellite imagery. The machine will also have infrared sensors that can interpret gestures and movements without having to touch the screen. 
  • Adobe Patches Zero-Day Vulnerability - If you're still using Adobe Reader, you'll be happy to know a patch was released this week that fixes the problem in version 9. Users of versions 7 & 8 are still on schedule to be patched on 3/18. For those that haven't been following the details of the exploit, the vulnerability is a result of an array indexing error in the processing of JBIG2 streams. Hackers have found a way to corrupt arbitrary memory using the PDF format and take control of compromised systems. The lesson learned here if we didn't know it already, don't take candy, or PDF's from strangers. 
  • Facebook Announces Facebook Connect for iPhone - Facebook has announced Facebook Connect for the iPhone, which enables users to take their Facebook friends, identity and privacy with them wherever they go. Facebook Connect for the iPhone provides the first live social experience for iPhone and iPod Touch applications, as users can now connect with their Facebook friends to play games whether their friends are at home on a computer, or on their iPhone and share restaurant reviews on the go, location-based status updates, and more.
  • Scammers customize news to deliver you malware - Security experts warned on Monday of a new insidious e-mail scam that features false information about a bomb explosion in the recipient's hometown and leads to a malicious Web site.
  • Mitnick Kicked Off Facebook? - In an ironic twist, Kevin Mitnick, a social engineering master who went to jail for impersonating others to get information to access computer networks without authorization, couldn't access his own Facebook account for weeks because administrators at the social networking site didn't believe he was who he said he was. 
  • BlackBerry Niagara 9630 Preview (video) - Running on OS, the model shown in the video below appears to be an early beta, as the previewer says that he's been having some trouble with stability. The phone keeps rebooting itself for no real reason in particular, but we are offered a terrific glimpse into the physical features of the phone. 
  • Cajun Crawler Exhibition 08 (video) - The following video is a documentary of sorts. The video shows the Cajun Crawler. It was a project that was completed for the Fall 08 semester at the University of Louisiana. The scooter was inspired by Theo Jansen's leg mechanism. Throughout our research, we found no application where Jansen's leg mechanism was used as a weight-bearing application or vehicle. The legs are made of standard 5052 Aluminum. The joints all contain deep-groove ball bearings. 'm telling you right now, this thing would totally kick your Segway's wimpy ass :P
  • The Boat That Rocked Trailer - The film stars an incredible array of actors, including Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, and January Jones. It's being distributed by Universal Pictures in the US. The Boat That Rocked will hit theaters in the UK in early April and spread around the world through the summer. It will finally open in the US on August 28th.
  • Sam Mendes' Away We Go Trailer - Focus Features has debuted the trailer for Sam Mendes' Away We Go starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. This is quirky romantic comedy follows a couple about to have a baby who travel around the US to find a perfect place to start their family. Focus Features will premiere Away We Go in limited theaters starting on June 5th this summer.
  • Korean Teaser for Park Chan-wook's Vampire Thriller Thirst - A beloved and devoted priest (Song Kang-ho) from a small town volunteers for a medical experiment which fails and turns him into a vampire. Physical and psychological changes lead to his affair with a wife of his childhood friend who is repressed and tired of her mundane life. The one-time priest falls deeper in despair and depravity. As things turns for worse, he struggles to maintain whats left of his humanity. 
  • Neve Campbell is Still Hot - Neve Campbell has a pretty stunning photoshoot of her head. These pictures of the Scream actress show that Neve has still got it in the hots department. 
  • Malin Akerman Cover Maxim Magazine for April 2009 - Malin Akerman is the cover girl for the April 2009 issue of 'Maxim' magazine. She played Silk Spectre II in the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen. She's ridiculously good-looking and she is always getting naked in her movies. What more could you ask for? :P
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,13 2009 - tech
TechNews - Battery that 'charges in seconds' - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance - AMD K10 is a good leap in performance, but it certainly isn't what is required to take full advantage of DDR3 memory. Looking at the design of K10 vs. Core i7, both processors have an on-chip memory controller, eliminating any FSB needed for memory to processor communication. Both have a very fast link between their CPU and their external Northbridge, allowing other components fast access to the system memory. So in all reality, both setups have the necessary basis to get things going. It is AMD's K10 that isn't quite able to take full advantage of this memory at these early stages; what the future holds is anyone's guess.
  • NVIDIA Backs Away From GTS 240 Rebrand of 9800 GT -  Looks like NVIDIA will not be going ahead with its controversial GTS 240 rebrand of the GeForce 9800 GT graphics card.
  • Fusion-io Reveals World's Fastest SSD - Fusion-io has just revealed the world's fastest SSD - touting a mind-boggling 1.5GB sustained read and 1.4GB sustained write speeds. The blazing fast drive will come in four sizes, 160GB, 320GB, 640GB and 1.28TB. Three of these versions will be available in April, while you'll have to wait until the second half of this year to get the 1.28TB flavor.
  • Battery that 'charges in seconds' - A new manufacturing method for lithium-ion batteries could lead to smaller, lighter batteries that can be charged in just seconds. Batteries that discharge just as quickly would be useful for electric and hybrid cars, where a quick jolt of charge is needed for acceleration. The approach only requires simple changes to the production process of a well-known material. 
  • Which Internet Browser is Fastest for Windows? - Microsoft Windows based browser it looks like Safari 4.0 Beta is the fastest thing out there that you can download today. With the rising popularity of netbooks and small form factor PCs the speed of a browser will become more important as many of the social networking sites are still growing and feature web 2.0 scripting
  • IE 8 due for March 20th release - Does Anyone Really Care? - Microsoft has pegged March 20th as the release date for Internet Explorer 8
  • Google Chrome - Google Chrome has been released
  • GCC To Receive Automatic Parallelization Support - IBM's Razya Ladelsky today outlined plans (thanks brbla) for providing automatic parallelization support within the GNU Compiler Collection.
  • Samsung Propel with Rogers video-review - One of the newer QWERTY-equipped phones to hit the shelves of Rogers is the Samsung Propel, a slider phone that isn't quite a smartphone. In terms of basic specs, you get a 2.2-inch display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and some basic web surfing capabilities. In regards to the keyboard, the buttons are "a bit close," but they get better as you get used to them. 
  • Guided Tour of New Apple iPod Shuffle - The new Apple iPod Shuffle is only about the size of a pack of gum because the controls have been relocated to the headphone cord. This video gives you a better explanation of what's going on, what you get with the new 4GB media player ($80), and just how cool you'll look with a tiny silver thing clipped to your shirt pocket.
  • 'Supermodel' satellite set to fly - The Goce satellite will map minute variations in the pull of gravity experienced across the planet. Scientists will use its data to improve their understanding of how the oceans move, and to frame a universal system to measure height anywhere on Earth. The super-sleek spacecraft will go into orbit on a modified intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north-west Russia.
  • James Toback's Tyson Documentary Trailer - Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the trailer for James Toback's Tyson, the documentary about boxing champ Mike Tyson.
  • Drag Me to Hell Trailer Online -  Drag Me to Hell stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long in a creepy and twisted horror adventure like no other. The film tells the story of Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, Professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) enters their lives…and everything begins to unravel. Universal will be releasing Drag Me to Hell in theaters everywhere on May 29th this summer
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Trailer - If you like Sienna Miller you better watch this trailer as well - you'll know why once you watch this ;-)
  • Warner Brothers is Remaking Stephen King's It! - Dave Kajganich, of The Invasion and Creek as well as the upcoming Pet Sematary remake, will write the script.
  • Ski Jump Bathroom (pic) - Japanese coffee company, Goeorgia Max Coffee, modified the bathrooms of ski areas around Japan to promote their coffee energy drinks. This is probably the most exciting bathroom I've ever seen!
  • Forrest Gump in One Minute, in One Take (video) - "Run, Forrest, run!"
  • Jim Cramer Gets PWND By Jon Stewart On The Daily Show (video) - Last night we had the big face-off, the heavyweight bout, the Super Bowl square-off between CNBC's Jim Cramer and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart. Cramer was especially upset about being included in a segment TDS produced on the horrible and almost criminal reporting CNBC has been airing as THE go-to business network after CNBC's Rick Santelli attacked average working-class people who got caught up in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Santelli dubbed them as "losers." Well, the only loser tonight was Cramer and CNBC. Jim basically sat there, starry-eyed like a lost puppy, and was virtually silent throughout the three-segment show featuring him. He basically waved the white flag and said, "You got me." 
  • Big Mexican Punch-Up (video) - Basically, it's just a sparring festival ;-) 
  • How Not To Pull Your Jeep Out Of The Mud (video) -  This is what happens when people with not enough brains have too much money to spend on vehicles. 
  • Miranda Kerr is Very Beautiful -  These pictures are from a Victoria's Secret launch event and they once again show that Miranda is a very beautiful women, even when dressed conservatively.
  • Bar Refaeli: Hurley Bikini Hottie - Bar Rafaeli is getting people buzzing with her sexy new ad campaign for surf company Hurley. The 23-year-old Israeli model says of the experience via People, "I had a blast at the shoot! It hardly felt like work! Yu Tsai is an amazing photographer and I am trust him completely to make beautiful pictures…Between the concept, photographer and the Hurley clothes, it was a match made in heaven."
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,10 2009 - tech
TechNews - Nvidia to drop GTX260 price - tech
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  • GeForce GTX 260 or RADEON HD 4870 1024MB - The overhauled GeForce GTX 260 outperforms its rivals noticeably (given the prices are similar). There are some exceptions, of course. Perhaps, performance ratings may change with the release of new drivers. But on the whole we admit that NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 is the best choice for the 300-dollar budget.
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 to receive another round of price cut - AMD is going to have another round of price cut on its Radeon HD 4870 1GB card from US$199 to US$179.
  • Nvidia to drop GTX260 price - Nvidia's Geforce GTX 260 is going to be $30 cheaper at retail pretty soon, down to $199
  • AMD, Seagate Demonstrate 6-Gbit/s SATA interface - Currently, SATA uses a 3.0-Gbit/s interface, which should satisfy the throughput requirements of hard drives until 2011, when that channel will become saturated and the 6.0-Gbit/s interface will truly be needed. But the SATA-IO Working Group and the industry has traditionally built in enough overhead into the interface to allow the industry time to prepare
  • Samsung Launches 1.5 Terabyte 'EcoGreen' F2EG Hard Disk Drive - Samsung has developed a 1.5 TB three platter hard disk drive (500 GB per platter) which consumes 40% less power at idle, and 45% less power when reading/writing than other comparable drives
  • SuperTalent Luxio 64GB AES-256 Encrypted USB Drive Tested - Supertalent's 64GB Luxio USB drive retails for about $140USD ($150CDN) (model STP64GLXWU) , about par for a similar capacity USB drive. As a USB drive alone, it's fine. It's implementation of data security in the form of AES-256 encryption is is extremely buggy, unreliable and at worst completely circumventable and pointless.
  • New Asus Fold/Unfold Notebook Features Sliding Keyboard (video) - As you can see through the video, the keyboard actually slides when you open the lid. With this unique sliding mechanism, the Asus Fold/Unfold notebook provides extra space for a larger trackpad and the keyboard is held at the more ergonomic angle. There is usually some wasted space between the keyboard and the screen; the Fold/Unfold fills that gap.
  • Dell's Adamo teased by robots with lasers (video) - Wow that does look sexy!
  • What To Do With 24 256GB Samsung SSDs? (video) - It's really impressive to see some of the stuff that can be done with 24 Samsung SSDs in your system :-)
  • Microsoft's Windows 7 May Not Cure Netbook Headache - Microsoft is planning to offer several editions of Windows 7 for netbooks, scaled-down laptops that cost less than $500. If the wee things are running Windows at all it's usually XP, an issue that the company thinks Windows 7 Starter will address, acting as the low-cost intro Vista never was. With Starter's ability to run only three applications simultaneously, MS believes users will get quickly frustrated and then pony up extra cash to move to Home Basic or Home Premium. Will it work?
  • Robotic fish can swim and looks very realistic (video) - Take a look at the video, does it ever strike to you that the fish swimming has actually a battery and motors instead of a heart and gills. The sea bream robot as it is called has been developed by the Yamamoto laboratry in Japan. The movement of fins is based on the elastic oscillation wing system which makes the movement looks very realistic
  • Blood: The Last Vampire Trailer - Blood: The Last Vampire is directed by French filmmaker Chris Nahon, of Kiss of the Dragon and Empire of the Wolves previously. The adaptation was written by Chris Chow and the screenplay was written by Kenji Kamiyama and Ronny Yu. Blood: The Last Vampire was originally an anime first released in 2000. Universal is distributing this in the US, although they have not announced a release date just yet.
  • Jackie Chan in Shinjuku Incident Trailer - In essence, it's Jackie Chan vs the Yakuza, which once you see this trailer, you'll understand how badass that is! Shinjuku Incident will debut in China in April and Japan in May, but it doesn't have an official US distributor yet.
  • Britney Spears last night: 'My pu**y is hanging out' watch :P - Britney Spears took her Circus tour to Tampa, Florida this Sunday night and gave the crowd more than what they actually paid for: an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction and a good laugh.
  • Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen - HQ Photoshoot Celebrity Pictures - Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) are American actresses, best known for playing the role of Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,07 2009 - tech
TechNews - AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support - tech
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  • Intel Gulftown 32nm 6-core should work with X58 boards - Intel plans to release a new six-core 32nm CPU next year, and the good news is that this chip will continue to support its X58 chipset. The socket should be the same, LGA 1366, and a 32nm six-core should make for a good high end CPU. The question that Intel cannot officially confirm is if the Gulftown 32nm CPU will work in all existing X58 boards.
  • AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support In Catalyst Driver - AMD announced that the new Catalyst 9.4 drivers coming up from the company will not support cards that are before the Radeon HD 2000 series. The cards that will supposedly not be supported anymore include professional cards such as the FireGL X1/X2/X3, V3000, V5000, V7000, FireMV 2200, and FireMV 2250.
  • Eee PC-in-a-Keyboard Coming Soon - If you can fit a whole computer, keyboard and screen into a tiny, fold-up 7inch box, why not squeeze one into a keyboard? And while you're there, what about adding a little touchscreen in the space normally inhabited by the number pad? What's that? Asus did it already? Yes, they did!
  • Microsoft confirms IE8 kill switch in Windows 7 - Microsoft on Friday confirmed that users will be able to remove Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), as well as several other integrated applications, from Windows 7.
  • Try To Install a Video Game from 2000 in 2009 = Fail! - Heroes of Might and Magic III itself was released in 99, then released in 2000 as part of the "Complete" package.
    In 99 I was running a Celeron 400 with 64MB of RAM, so that sounds about right. Ah...nostalgia....
  • Microsoft to discontinue the Xbox 360 Elite? - The news comes from FUDZilla, and will reportedly happen sometime during the second quarter of this year. What are your thoughts? Do you not mind if the Elite gets discontinued, or would you like it to stick around?
  • If browsers were women (Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome, IE) - Good thing my PC has Firefox, Opera and IE. I think I'll start using all three at once :-))
  • Webcam Porn Hijacks Twitter Accounts - OMG :-) The promise of a 23 year old hot chick and a webcam.... Jeez guys, when is the last time a 23 year old hot chick legitimately hit any of us up for some hot web cam action? There you have it :P
  • Happy Tree Friends - Doggone It (video) - I love the way Lumpy acts calmly and quickly in a crisis. Shame he always ends up fucking everything up though ;-)
  • Two and a Half Watchmen (video) - WTF
  • Depeche Mode - "Wrong" (official music video)  - 'Wrong' from the album "Sounds Of The Universe" Released April 20th, 2009 (UK), April 21st, 2009 (USA).  Looks like they have come back to their original sound!
  • Pixar's Up - First Full-Length Trailer - Pixar's Up is directed Pete Docter, one of the original Pixar members who directed Monsters, Inc previously and wrote the stories for Toy Story and Toy Story 2. The film is co-directed and written by Bob Peterson, who also wrote Finding Nemo. Disney will debut Up in theaters everywhere on May 29th this summer.
  • A Toilet That Can Flush Anything! (video) - You have to see this video to believe this. This beautiful toilet can flush just about anything!
  • New Star Trek Trailer Online - This is the trailer we've all been waiting for! Paramount has debuted the second official trailer for Star Trek this weekend and it's quite incredible!
  • Jennifer Aniston in Elle - Jennifer Aniston seems to just keep popping up all the time lately. Jennifer now makes an appearance in Elle magazine. I personally think she still looks good after all these years!
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,05 2009 - tech
TechNews - IE8 can be removed from Windows 7 - tech
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  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Mainstream GPU - The GeForce GTS 250 is very similar to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, and as such, the two cards perform almost identically when the new GTS 250's larger 1GB frame buffer doesn't come into play. At higher-resolutions, when additional pixel processing is employed (like in FarCry 2, for example), the GeForce GTS 250's larger frame buffer allows it to measurably outperform the older GeForce 9800 GTX+. In comparison to the Radeon HD 4850, generally speaking, both cards perform at nearly the same level, with a slight edge going to the GeForce GTS 250.
  • NVIDIA Developing x86 CPU? - According to Michael Hara, NVIDIA's senior vice president of investor relations and communications, the company is considering making a x86 processor in the next two or three years.
  • 1TB OCZ Z Drive Spotted At CeBIT - OCZ Technology cooked up just for CeBIT: a PCIe enclosure that'll contain 1TB worth of SSD storage with maximum read rates of up to 600MB/sec and maximum write speeds of up to 500MB/sec
  • IE8 can be removed from Windows 7 - Just-leaked build of Windows 7 lets users remove Internet Explorer. The move might have been prompted by recent charges by the European Union that Microsoft has stifled browser competition by bundling IE with its operating system, the bloggers speculate.
  • Firefox 3.0.7 - Security Update - For all you alternative browser types out there, Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox v3.0.7. The latest updated fixes eight vulnerabilities, six of which are considered critical.
  • The AutoMoto Scooter Review (video) - The Automoto, by contrast, is much more like a conventional scooter. It just happens to have two wheels in the back. This aids in stability, giving riders a greater sense of control as they rip around the corners. You'll also notice that the Automoto has a full roof and windshield, helping to protect you against the elements and making the Automoto more of an all-weather vehicle. There's also a trunk in the back, as well as four-speakers for in-scooter entertainment.
  • GM Says It Will Pull Bankruptcy Trigger Unless It Gets More Money - General Motors is teetering on the brink of financial chaos. GM says that its cash on hand is being depleted to levels where it will no longer be able to operate unless it gets $2B USD in additional loans at the end of March.  Heh! How long is the US going to stand up to this garbage? It is obvious that no matter how long we the people bail them out, they will not survive. They will just come back and point the bankruptcy gun at our collective heads and threaten to pull the trigger again. It is quite obvious that any 'loans' we the people give them will become write-offs as GM will never be able to pay them back!
  • Pinball machine running on HDTV (video) - Demo video of HyperPin a pinball frontend for Future Pinball.
  • The Half Million Dollar Basketball Shot (video) - Amir is convinced he made a blindfolded half-court shot for $500,000. Revenge for the epic Yankee Marriage Proposal Prank
  • Santell Bailed Out on Daily Show, Stewart Destroys CNBC (video) - CNBC's Rick Santelli is angry that those loser homeowners are going to get bailed out.
  • Man builds a holographic world for the woman he loves! (video) - This award winning short was created by filmmaker Bruce Branit, widely known as the co-creator of '405'. World Builder was shot in a single day followed by about 2 years of post production. Branit is the owner of Branit VFX based in Kansas City.
  • Burn Live from on stage, Melbourne 2.25.09 - The Canon 5D Mark II is AMAZING, I wish I had a spare $3000 to pick one up!
  • Michael Mann's Public Enemies Trailer - Universal has just debuted the trailer for Michael Mann's highly anticipated Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Depp stars as the infamous 1930's bank robber John Dillinger and Bale as his FBI pursuer Melvin Purvis. Hoover. Universal is bringing Public Enemies to theaters everywhere on July 1st this summer.
  • Another New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in theaters worldwide this upcoming summer on July 17th
  • Final Epic X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer - The first thing I'll say is that this looks so much better than before because it finally looks polished and the effects look really good. Secondly, both Gambit and Deadpool look badass and I can't wait to see them in action. But does this look like it'll be one of the best summer movies or not? Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st.
  • Hot and Sexy Anna Kournikova - It's pretty amazing that a tennis player like Anna Kournikova who never won a single tournament and retired like 5 years ago is still getting advertising contracts! :P
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,03 2009 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v182.08 - tech
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There are brand new GeForce 182.08 reference drivers out today for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit..Bearing the same number as a Quadro drive released last week, the GeForce 182.08 is WHQL certified, comes with the v9.09.0203 PhysX software, has support for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200 series cards and it features. The drivers add SLI profile support for some newly released games and fix some single and multi-GPU issues.
TechNews - Microsoft 2019 Vision Montage - tech
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  • Radeon 4870 Gets $50 Price Cut to $149, Radeon 4850 Will Drop to $129 - The ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB will drop $50 in price, from the $199 segment down to $149. It will compete in this price point primarily against NVIDIA's GTS 250 1GB rebrand using the old G92 chip, variants of which were used in the 8800GT, 9800GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+, etc
  • Seagate's Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive Tested - With its performance all over the map, the Barracuda 7200.12 is difficult to recommend to enthusiasts looking for a speedy system drive. However, near-silent noise levels and low power consumption do make it an attractive option for quiet desktops and home theater PCs.
  • NVIDIA Windows 7 *BETA* drivers (181.71) - NVIDIA has released a new graphics drivers for Windows 7 beta 32-bit / 64-bit.
  • Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation - Alex Kochis, director of Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program, said last week that users who don't activate the beta software "will receive persistent notifications, including a message from the system tray every 60 minutes" to "Activate Windows Now."
  • Microsoft Office Labs Looks Ahead to 2019 - How will emerging technology improve our productivity in the years ahead? What opportunities will arise from evolving trends and global change?
  • Intel Shows Off Programmable Matter (video) - CNN has a video of Intel's "programmable matter" in action well, in fully rendered 3D action that is. Pretty cool stuff!
  • Hands-On Video with Samsung Omnia HD i8910 - As you may recall, the Omnia HD i8910 does not get its juice through a Windows Mobile framework. Instead, the TouchWiz UI has been overlaid on top of a Symbian full-touch operating system. Other notable features include the 8 megapixel camera, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 720p HD video support, DLNA technology, dual stereo speakers, 720p @ 24fps video recording, FM radio with RDS, GPS, proximity sensor, accelerometer, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, and an microSDHC memory card slot.
  • Watchmen iPhone Game is a Turn-Based MMO - It won't be all that surprising to find Watchmen games on the major consoles, but the Apple iPhone is getting in on the action as well. Who is going to watch the Watchmen? iPhone users, of course!
  • New Terminator Salvation Posters and Photos - A couple of new Terminator Salvation posters appeared on the web today. So check these out and let me know what you think! :P
  • Singularity Reveal Trailer (Official) - Singularity Reveal Trailer unveiled at last!
  • HULC Exoskeleton Promo Video - The new Lockheed HUCL is its newly-acquired powered exoskeleton intended to confer superhuman strength and endurance upon US soldiers.
  • 9 Child Prodigies Who Are Clearly Dangerous Mutants (video) - When they hit adulthood, we will all be obsolete. Check it out!
  • Sleeping Dog Runs Into Wall (video) - That was one intense dream!
  • Alessandra Ambrosio in Victoria's Secret Swimwear - Alessandra is one of the sexiest hotties I have laid eyes on in a long time! Some women are meant to wear only bikinis, and Alessandra Ambrosio might just top that list!