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 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,09 2007 - tech 
GeForce 8800 GTX Roundup - tech
(hx) 06:35 AM EDT - Oct,09 2007 - Post a comment
With Crysis, CoD 4, and Gears all being released this winter, you may be looking to upgrade shortly. FiringSquad compared 7 different GeForce 8800 GTX cards worthy of your consideration, including a water-cooled card from ASUS. Here's a taster:
With the addition of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, you can definitely make an argument that this card is one of the best values out there right now. On top of that, you get EVGA's excellent warranty and tech support. And then there's Step Up. EVGA is the only manufacturer providing a trade-up program right now, giving them a unique advantage over the other card manufacturers. And to add further icing on the cake, the e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3 is overclocked from the factory.

With all these positives, it's no small wonder why EVGA has grown so quickly. They really have put together a nice package with the e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3 and we'd have no qualms recommending it, particularly if you plan on buying Quake Wars anyway.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,08 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows XP SP3 goes Vista-ish - tech
(hx) 09:15 PM EDT - Oct,08 2007 - Post a comment
  • AMD Triple Core - Marketing Hype or Mainstream Killer? - AMD has two triple-core Phenoms on its roadmap for March 2008. The two processors will be code-named "Troliman," and they will bear 7600 and 7700 model numbers. Clock speeds will be 2.3GHz for the 7600 and 2.5GHz for the 7700.
  • New ASUS P5E3 deluxe mainboard has instant-on Linux embedded - A feature that you don’t expect to find on a mainboard is an embedded Linux environment. Phoronix says that the Linux environment is complete with a web browser and a Skype VoIP client. The Linux environment is ready to run within seconds of powering the mainboard up and requires no software installation.
  • Dual CPU Quad SLI motherboard - Two processors and four graphics cards - what more could you want, apart from a new PSU?
  • GeForce 8800 GT Has 112 SPs Clocked @ 1.5GHz - GeForce 8800 GT has 112 stream processors like the new GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB SKU!
  • Xonar sound card goes PCI Express -  Like the Xonar D2, the Xonar D2X has 7.1 channels, a signal-to-noise ratio rating of 118dB, and Dolby Digital Live functionality to encode PC audio into Dolby Digital format on the fly.
  • Windows XP SP3 goes Vista-ish - The SP3 has more than 1,073 patches/hotfixes including security updates. Among these are a few things that have been backported from Vista including the new Windows Product Activation model, Network Access Protection modules and policies.
  • Outlook on the Desktop 1.3.3 - Outlook on the Desktop puts the Microsoft Outlook Calendaring system right on your desktop.
  • Adobe publishes workaround for PDF exploit - The flaw affects Adobe Reader 8.1 and earlier. In the advisory, Adobe details a workaround to disable the exploit until a fix comes along. The workaround involves editing the Windows registry and disabling the mailto: option.
  • Hacker Locks Out eBay Users - According to this report, a hacker broke into an eBay server on Friday and temporarily suspended a handful of eBay user accounts
  • Jailbreak! Latest iPhone Firmware Hacked Again! - The team is claiming that they've broken through iPhone firmware version 1.1.1.
  • Nine Inch Nails goes independent! - Universal/Interscope has relieved Trent Reznor of his contractual duties. Wow.
  • How To Make Glow In The Dark Mountain Dew (video) - Learn how to make a bottle of Mountain Dew glow in the dark using some only some peroxide and baking soda.
  • The Flight and Death of the Rocket Powered X-Wing Fighter (video) - Gizmodo spent a day in the desert waiting for the first (and explosively last) launch of the fan-built, rocket-powered, X-Wing fighter
  • A stunning photo of Tokyo from inside a skyscraper (pic) - check it out!
  • 300 Trailer With Cats (video) - Cat lovers beware! :P
  • The Amusement Park Ride From Hell (video) - Wow, what the f*ck is this ride called, the spin cycle? ;-) Also, I want to see a live interview of someone right after they get off this ride! [grin]
  • Kelly Brook - Pole Dancing Photoshoot - This is one of her best and classiest photoshoots I've seen her in!
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,06 2007 - tech
TechNews - Nvidia kills 8800GTS 320MB - tech
(hx) 07:26 PM EDT - Oct,06 2007 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • Nvidia kills 8800GTS 320MB, relaunches 640MB - We knew that Nvidia was planning to kill the 8800GTS 320MB in order to make room for the 65nm die-shrink that the world has come to know as G92. But it turns out that you cannot order 320MB versions any more either, since it is being pronounced as an EOL (End of Life) product.
  • Radeon HD 2950X2X is a dual card - This card will have two times 320 shader units and two times 512MB GDDR4 memory again with 256 bit.
  • Mobile Platform Wars: AMD vs. Intel - While battery life and power requirements look to be reasonably competitive with Intel's offerings, in terms of raw performance AMD gets beat pretty easily. This occurs even when comparing AMD's latest $400 Turion X2 TL-66 to a system using Intel's $250 Core 2 Duo T7300
  • Microsoft reveals .NET source code - The .NET Framework 3.5 will be licensed under the Microsoft Reference License, which gives developers the right to view but not modify the source code. Microsoft says this will give developers a better understanding of how the system works.
  • Mobility Public Beta V - Those of you who are stuck with an ATI Mobile card and no driver support should take a look at the Mobility Modder (XP/Vista supported) which allow you to update your drivers in no time.
  • OCCT 1.1.1 - A free CPU/memory stability test - download.
  • Apple Acknowledges That Some iMacs Freeze Up - Apple has acknowledged receiving complaints about software update 1.1, issued September 13, that has resulted in iMacs freezing up during normal use, and said it would issue a fix as soon as possible. The update was issued to fix bugs, and was recommended for 20- and 24-inch iMac models with 2.0, 2.4, or 2.8-GHz processors.
  • Treo 750 Tested - Integrated Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera, 3G (UMTS) network compatibility in Palm Treo 750 is complemented with a commendable voice clarity devoid of echo syndromes, even with the speaker mode active.
  • Duluth Woman Owes $222,000 for Pirating Songs - And  It could have been much worse...
  • I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer - Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
  • Build Your Own Interactive LED Coffee Table (video) - It's a coffee table that has hundreds of LEDs in the top surface that respond to motion above the table
  • Nissan Pivo 2 Electric Concept Has a Talking Head (video) - The Pivo 2 three-seater electric car has wheels that can turn 90 degrees for easy parallel parking. Like its predecessor, which was unveiled two years ago, the new Pivo has a cabin able to revolve 360 degrees, eliminating the need to reverse. A round-eyed robot head sitting on the dashboard has cameras that can tell when a driver is getting sleepy
  • 9 artists who will blow your mind - Remember, the following jaw-dropping pictures are of paintings or sculptures.
  • Asian Commercials Are Weird (video) - Asian people continually amaze me with their weird products, game shows and now commercials..hah WTF? :-)
  • Stop War the Geeky Way (pic) - yeah...should be more like < /Bush>
  • Best Halloween Costume Ever (pic) - check it out!
  • Food Fight! (pic) - "go away bitches, it's mine!"
  • Prairie Dog madness! - check it out!
  • Alessandra Ambrosio Bikini Pictures from GQ UK - She is one of the hottest model in the world and it prove it again with this... Enjoy! :-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,05 2007 - tech
TechNews - GeForce 8800 GTs overheating? - tech
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  • Asus P5K3-Deluxe/WiFi-AP P35 motherboard tested - Asus P5K3-Deluxe continues this trend for rock solid stability and performance
  • Early GeForce 8800 GTs suffer from overheating? - The 17x17mm die size of 65nm G92 seems pretty manageable on the thermal aspect but it might be an issue if it is on a single slot form factor. In other news, Nvidia admits defeat in G92 vs. RV670 battle.
  • New Samsung monitor connects via USB - The new 19 inch Samsung 940UX hooks up via USB instead of VGA or DVI, and it requires neither a graphics card nor any special video hardware. To do its magic, the 940UX features an embedded graphics card with an 'embedded software driver'
  • Microsoft opens Internet Explorer 7 to WinXP pirates - Steven Reynolds, Microsoft's Internet Explorer Program Manager, has updated the IE blog letting everyone know that you can finally update to IE7 and Windows Genuine Advantage validation is no longer required.
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3  BETA Available - DailyTech reports that a beta of Windows XP Service Pack 3 is available for download (for beta testers).
  • Yahoo Takes Steps To Fight Phishing - It looks like Yahoo, eBay and PayPal are trying to take action against phishing using Domain Keys Identified Mail.
  • LG Voyager takes on the iPhone - Also known as the VX10000, the handset is one of LG's first touchscreen phones to target the US and includes a more iPhone-like interface based on that of the Prada phone; users can place calls, play AAC/MP3/WMA music, and take 2-megapixel photos almost exclusively from the screen
  • Huge fine for music file-sharer  - A US woman is ordered to pay damages of more than $200,000 for illegal file-sharing.
  • The 8-bit tie IS HERE! - The 8-bit tie that was originally an April Fool's joke on ThinkGeek is finally available for ordering.
  • The Human LCD - Amazing (video) - South korea: boys cheering for their soccer teams. the most amazing thing is that they do this with their CLOTHES (not holding up cards).
  • Gumpert Apollo: The 650hp Street Legal Race Car (Video) - The Gumpert Apollo is 100% street legal and it is 110% fast - the estimated top speed is 224mph, and the 0-62mph time is a mere 3.0 seconds!
  • SAW IV - In Theaters October 26th! (video) - Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez, arrive at the depleted police precinct and help veteran Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) sift through Jigsaw's latest grizzly game of victims and piece together the puzzle
  • New Alien Vs. Predator - Requiem Trailer - Will Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem suck?
  • Mario Bros wedding cake (pic) - If she lets you have a wedding cake like this, she's got to be the one :-)
  • Here's a Way to Make Men Wash Their Hands (pics) - Awesome!!! But I think won't it be a repetitive process? Wash Hands .,...... Wash Hands .,...... Again wash hands  ;-)
  • Barber Shop in Poland [pics almost NSFW] - If they had this barber shop in your community, how many haircuts would you get a year?
  • Christina Aloupi Sexy pics - What a beautiful lady!
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,04 2007 - tech
The State of DirectX 10 - Image Quality & Performance - tech
(hx) 06:39 PM EDT - Oct,04 2007 - Post a comment posted an article on the state of DirectX 10. They take a further look at the most popular DX10-capable games, like Bioshock, World In Conflict, Call of Juarez, Lost Planet, and Company of Heroes, and feature current image quality comparisons versus DX9 modes with each. The article also details the associated performance levels across many of the more popular graphics cards, from both the mid-range and high-end. Here's a taster:
The DX10 exclusive effects available in the five games we looked at were usually too subtle to be noticed in the middle of heated gameplay. The only exception is Call of Juarez, which boasts greatly improved graphics in DX10. Unfortunately these image quality improvements can't entirely be attributed to DX10 since the North American version of the game -- the only version that supports DX10 -- had the benefit of a full nine months of extra development time. And much of the image quality improvements in Call of Juarez when using DX10 rendering were due to significantly improved textures rather than better rendering effects.

Our test results also suggest that currently available DX10 hardware struggles with today's DX10 enhanced gaming titles. While high-end hardware has enough power to grind out enough frames in DX10 to keep them playable, mid-range hardware simply can't afford the performance hit of DX10. With currently available DX10 hardware and games, you have two choices if you want to play games at a decent frame rate; play the game in DX9 and miss out on a handful of DX10 exclusive image quality enhancements, or play the game in DX10 but be forced to lower image quality settings to offset the performance hit. In the end, it's practically the same result either way.

While the new DX10 image quality enhancements are nice, when we finally pulled our noses off the monitor, sat back and considered the overall gameplay experience, DirectX 10 enhancements just didn't amount to enough of an image quality improvement to justify the associated performance hit. However, we aren't saying you should avoid DX10 hardware or wait to upgrade. On the contrary, the current generation of graphics cards from both ATI and NVIDIA offer many tangible improvements over the previous generation, especially in the high-end of the product lines. With the possible exception of some mid-range offerings, which actually perform below last generation's similarly priced cards, the current generation of graphics hardware has a nice leg-up in performance and features that is worth the upgrade. But if your only reason for upgrading is to get hardware support for DX10, then you might want to hold out for as long as possible to see how things play out.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,03 2007 - tech
TechNews - Nvidia Plans New GeForce 8800 GTS - tech
(hx) 07:22 AM EDT - Oct,03 2007 - Post a comment
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition Tested - This CPU obviously is a great value for the price, adds an interesting twist to things with the unlocked multiplier which makes overclocking a little bit easier but still prevents it from competing with Intel's best.
  • Nvidia Plans New GeForce 8800 GTS SKU; 8800GT Overclocking - NVIDIA is planning another GeForce 8800 GTS SKU with more stream processors (increased from 96 to 112)
  • AMD's RV670 coming on November 19 - The RV670 is a 55nm part that features 320 Stream Processors, a 256-bit memory bus, support for DirectX 10.1 plus, a working UVD, working Crossfire and support for PCI-Express 2.0.
  • Inside Windows Vista Service Pack 1 - There are a number of performance fixes in SP1
  • Windows Vista gets skinned - WindowBlinds 6 includes the ability to customize the entire Windows Vista user interface as well as the capability to give Windows XP users the look and feel of Aero (Vista)
  • Office Live Workspace Announced - Microsoft Online currently offers Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live, as well as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Office SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services, Microsoft BizTalk Services
  • Demoniod p2p site returns from dead -  It is still being hosted by a Canadian ISP, but is blocking all Canadian traffic to avoid trouble with the CRIA.
  • Joost public beta v1.0 - no longer invite-only! - The peer-to-peer TV software developed by the founders of Skype has hit version 1.0 beta, and it can be grabbed in both Windows and Mac OS X flavors from the download page
  • Maxthon - Maxthon Internet Browser software is a powerful tabbed browser with a highly customizable interface. 2.0 version of Maxthon will inherts its successor's great features and bring you a flexible, joyful & convenience web surfing experience
  • Hitachi developing 100GB and 200GB Blu-Ray discs -  Hitachi showcased experimental 4 layered Blu-Ray discs which can hold upto 100GB of data. The company is working on signal quality stabilization in addition to changing the lens focus so it can read and write data on 4 layers. Hitachi is also researching 8 layer Blu-Ray media which can hold upto 200GB of data but with 8 layers the reflected laser from the disc decreases which weakens the signal. However by boosting the signal the data on the disc can be accessed
  • Microsoft rolls out new Zunes to take on iPod  - The 4-GB model will go on sale at $149, the 8-GB Zune will cost $199 and the 80-GB model will sell for $249.
  • Sony debuts PRS-505 e-book Reader - The PRS-505 uses E Ink's latest display technology, which is able to show eight levels of grey instead of the previous version's four. It also updates the image on display in around half the time and has a 25 per cent greater brightness
  • Samsung Ultra Video SGH-F500 (SGH-F508) HSDPA phone Tested - OC Workbench posted Samsung Ultra Video SGH-F500 (SGH-F508) HSDPA phone review
  • OLED TV Finally Revealed, Japanese Launch this December - Sony said the XEL-1 has a viewing life of 30,000 hours, which allows a user to watch eight hours of television each day for 10 years
  • Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery - If you believe what they say (and that's a big IF), the battery uses a non-nuclear form of radioactive material as the basis for power, and that material gives off energy as it decays.
  • Gold rings create first true invisibility cloak - But don't expect it to compete with stage magic tricks. So far it only works in two dimensions and on a tiny scale.
  • Halloween Grim Reaper Prank (video) - Halloween is just around the corner!
  • News reader cannot stop laughing at model falling over! (video) - Hah, pretty good!
  • How many Sexual Innuendos can you find? Watch! (video) - How many Sexual Innuendos can you find?
  • Halle Berry in Black Lingerie for Esquire - Her Hottest Photoshoot so far!
  • Abigail Clancy Topless In FHM - Wow, she is so hot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,01 2007 - tech
World in Conflict - Performance - tech
(hx) 03:30 PM EDT - Oct,01 2007 - Post a comment
Bjorn3D has tested different hardware with World in Conflict. Here's an excerpt:
If you want to play at the highest quality setting at high resolutions, generally your best choice is to upgrade the video card. If you look back at the charts you notice that overall we see that regardless of the CPU speed and the memory frequency we run at, the average framerate stays the same at 1920x1200. The exception is when we use the Corsair DDR3 memory with a FSB of 1800MHz and a frequency of 1080MHz and 1800MHz. Now suddenly we get a impressive boost in performance. This indicates that using DDR3 and a high FSB also has a large effect on the performance.

The question whether it is better to use dual core or quad core is a tricky question to answer. At the same frequency the quad core definitely beats the dual core CPU. However, if we look at a dual core at the same price as the Q6600 used in the article, we see that the performance is helped up by the higher frequency edging it ahead of the quad-core Q6600. I do not know if the game can use one of the cores for AI etc., something that would not show in the benchmark. The benchmark however does support debris physics (debris in the benchmark does not fly the same way every time) and this is turned on at the High and Very High quality settings. The quad-core CPU however still does not seem to help at these quality settings so the game seems not to take advantage of the extra two cores, at least not enough to offset the lower frequency of the CPU. As we move up in the resolutions and quality settings the importance of the CPU diminishes as the GPU becomes the limited factor.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,30 2007 - tech
TechNews - Nvidia G92 = GeForce 8800 GT - tech
(hx) 03:59 PM EDT - Sep,30 2007 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • Intel Prepares DX48BT Board For Q1 2008 - X48 will also officially support FSB1600.
  • Nvidia G92 = GeForce 8800 GT - The performance lies between GeForce 8600 GTS and 8800 GTS 640MB. However, knowing that RV670 is doing better than expected, Nvidia is now trying to bump up clock speed of G92 and may push forward its launch schedule to early November to be ahead of RV670
  • Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 2.0 - Tech ARP posted rev. 2.0 of their Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide
  • Zalman Reserator XT Hybrid Liquid Cooling System - If you are looking to cool with water and want a quiet computer, then drop the coin for the Reserator XT - you will not be disappointed
  • TAGAN ITZ 1300W PSU Tested - This is an ITZ 1300 watt PSU made for high end equipment
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 163.71 WHQL Windows XP Drivers - Among the changes is improved compatibility/performance for BioShock, Crysis, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, Team Fortress 2, and World in Conflict
  • Stealth Windows Updates Causing XP Repair Headaches - It looks as though those stealth updates that everyone was up in arms about are now causing issues with the repair feature in XP
  • Vista SP1: Create a recovery disc - Long Zheng takes a look at a new administrative tool that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 provides to create a recovery disc
  • Joost Beta Version 1.0 Now Live - Joost has just released the latest beta, version 1.0 for Macs and Windows
  • Pidgin 2.2.1 - Pidgin (changelog) is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr
  • Massive Cable Messes (pics) - Here's a collection of photos of some of the worst cable messes ever seen!
  • Amazon recommends WHAT? (pic) - I don't think you should listen to what Amazon has to say anymore after this one... :-)
  • 6 Die From Brain-Eating Amoeba in Lakes - It sounds like science fiction but it's true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die.
  • GPS Projectiles Just Like In The Movies - LAPD is set to launch what they call the StarChase Pursuit Management System. In a nutshell, a device is mounted to the front of a police cruiser. When the crook starts taking off through a mountain pass and the LAPD can't keep up, they use a laser target to take aim and launch a GPS projectile onto the bad-mobile. What attaches is a small GPS device, battery, and a cellular radio.
  • Test Driving the Ferrari F430 Scuderia (video) - Ask anyone who has ever driven a Ferrari and they'll tell you it is the most incredible automotive experience possible!
  • Pretty Sexy Mariah Carey Perfume Commercial (video) - Well she has done it again, this time to promote her new perfume! :-)
  • This pic is not animated - Simply amazing!
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour (pic) - Awesome picture!
  • An infinity of Mega Pixels (pic) - Another "Droste effect" picture, on the concept of "4.0 mega pixels!
  • Best Webcam Break Up Ever (video) - OK this is probably fake but who cares? :-)
  • Natalie Portman finally gets naked in the The Hotel Chevalier! (video) - Anderson has now done the ultimate: convinced Natalie Portman to do her first nude scene for his short, The Hotel Chevalier.
  • Sexy Adele Silva pictures - Few people know how to grab a man's attention like the fetching Adele Silva.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,28 2007 - tech
TechNews - MS Extends Sales Availability of WinXP - tech
(hx) 11:11 AM EDT - Sep,28 2007 - Post a comment / read (3)
  • Radeon HD 2900 GT coming October 8 - It will have 240 stream processors, 256MB of memory, and a 256-bit memory bus.
  • ASUS Xonar D2 sound card tested - No EAX Advanced HD support here sadly (only EAX 1.0 and 2.0 acceleration available), which might put off some gamers attracted to the ASUS board's looks and the company's often gamer-focused history.
  • All CPU Sockets - A table containing all sockets and slots used by all PC processors released to date, with examples of compatible CPUs and pinouts. Updated to include Socket AM2+
  • Mobile PhysX chip coming, to draw just 10W - The Inquirer reports that a new PhysX physics processor dubbed 100M and aimed at notebooks will have a power envelope of just 10W..oh well...Who cares?
  • PC vendors to keep offering XP until June '08 - Vendors have successfully lobbied Microsoft to allow them to continue selling PCs with all flavors of Windows XP preloaded until June 30, a further five months.
  • Update for Windows XP (access violation with IE 7.x) - Install this update to resolve an issue where an access violation may occur when a pop-up window in Internet Explorer 7 is closed on a system running Windows XP with Service Pack 2
  • ATI Catalyst Drivers v7.9 Hotfix - AMD has just released a hotfix for Catalyst 7.9 (fixed bugs in ETQW, Bioshock, TF2...)
  • Y.A.S.U (Yet Another SecuROM Utility) 1.4.7080 - This new version was modified for exclusive use of DAEMON-Tools devices (Please copy YASU.exe to your DAEMON-Tools directory). Well I don't think that SecuRom loves this sweel tool, but who cares :-)
  • Rivatuner v2.05 - Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.05. They fixed I2C write routine for ATI R600 graphics processors family, which has been erroneously commented the previous version's source code.
  • Stardock's DeskScapes and DreamMaker - FREE for Vista Ultimate Users - Stardock DeskScapes extends Windows DreamScene with the ability to run .Dream animated wallpapers. .Dream files can be looped video, or dynamically generated in 3D, or change based on a set of triggers. DeskScapes turns Windows DreamScene into something more.
  • Microsoft launches Windows Media Center Internet TV beta -  According to Microsoft, users of Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate will soon be able to download a simple update that will enable them to "enjoy a range of television and video content on their PCs and TV sets [with a Media Center Extender of some sort] without a TV tuner in their PC. The streaming content will all be ad-supported "by an advertising platform provided by YuMe," which means that you'll be getting it gratis.
  • DirectX 10 Performance Update: Is DX10 Really Worth It?  - Is DX10 finally worth it?
  • Gmail Cookie Vulnerability Exposes User's Privacy - Petko Petkov has developed a proof-of-concept program to steal contacts and incoming e-mails from Google Gmail users.
  • Visa unveils 'Visa Micro Tag' contactless payment device - The Visa Micro Tag is designed to easily attach to a key ring, and allows cardholders to pay by simply waving their Visa Micro Tag in front of a contactless payment terminal without the need to physically swipe or insert the device into a point-of-sale terminal
  • IPhone 1.1.1 Firmware Out, Re-locks Phones - The latest iPhone firmware, version 1.1.1 is out. Just a note to those of you with unlocked phones, be forewarned, it re-locks your phone and disables third party apps.
  • MOTORAZR2 Essence of Sharper (video) - check it out
  • All Hail Techno-Viking! (video) -  I don't like techno much, but this video is worth watching :-)
  • First SUV Ever ? (pics) - check it out
  • Awesome Stop Motion Wall Animation (video) - This is a seriously amazing stop motion animation video that took over 13 hours drawing on the floors and walls of an abandon building. Truly excellent work.
  • Very Funny Animated Gifs (video) - LOL, funny stuff!
  • Jennifer Lopez Gets Wet and Wild! - Jennifer Lopez takes the November 2007 issue of Arena Magazine, where she gets wet and wild!
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,26 2007 - tech
TechNews - Prices of Intel 45nm desktop CPUs - tech
(hx) 09:58 PM EDT - Sep,26 2007 - Post a comment
  • Prices of Intel 45nm desktop CPUs revealed - Intel will begin its 45nm desktop offensive in November with a $999 Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor
  • AMD unleashes Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 'Black Edition' - This new CPU isn't a new speed grade-indeed, it's clocked at the same 2.6GHz clock speed as the regular Athlon 64 X2 5000+,
  • NVIDIA Launches GeForce 7 mGPUs For Intel LGA775 Platform - All we know is that they support DirectX 9 and Shader Model 3, like all GeForce 7 series GPUs. NVIDIA claims that these new motherboard GPUs' performance "will be very competitive", whatever that means.
  • Fire up! MSI's mobile gaming monster - the GX600 Gaming Notebook - All in all, the MSI GX600 has managed to run through the gauntlet of tests successfully, and even after several hours the laptop still ran stable , despite being overclocked by 20%. Punching through 1080P HD content, this laptop proves to be an all-in-one entertainment device and still be able to provide decent gaming performance for the latest games
  • Flock - Flock (download) is a social Web browser, open source, cross platform and based on Mozilla technologies. Currently, the browser implements support for and Flickr
  • Gmail 2.0 Soon - Garett Rogers reports that Google prepares a new version of Gmail, according to a message from the translation console. It's not clear what are the new features, but one thing that will change is the user interface.
  • Windows Vista SP1 Beta already leaked - The build number of the Beta is 6001.16659 while the full build tag is 6001.16659.070916-1443. The release is available only for the 32bit version of Windows Vista
  • Excel 2007 fails some simple multiplications - The spreadsheet application gives erroneous results for 12 basic multiplication operations that a pocket calculator could handle flawlessly. Whoa!
  • Amazon opens its DRM-free music store - Many believe the new store could prove to be a strong competitor to iTunes as it features tons of songs, but all DRM-free. All files are in MP3 format and encoded at 256kbs. The tracks are compatible with most portable devices including the iPod.
    The new store will also be more affordable then iTunes as Amazon will offer all individual songs for 89 to 99 cents and albums for $6 to $10 USD. iTunes, in comparison, charges $1.29 for DRM-free tracks and $12.99 for albums.
  • Truphone to Demonstrate First VoIP-over-WiFi Call on Apple's iPhone - Clearly, an exciting development for iPhone users, but a cringe-inducing situation for AT&T.
  • Cool Little Miniature Stove! (video) - This video will show you how to make a great little portable stove from stuff you probably have laying around your house! It's perfect for camping, backpacking, and power outages.
  • Bugatti Veyron vs BMW M3 (video) - 1000 horses against a BMW - LOL! :-)
  • 6 Sex Mistakes All Men Make (and how to overcome them) - Every guy has made these blunders, but it shouldn't keep you from having headboard-rattling sex. Shake the bedroom with these routine-breaking moves that will please her every time...
  • How to Download Youtube Video? - Download Youtube Video!
  • Karina Michelin in Spanish Man magazine - Isn't she beautiful?
  • Jessica Biel Does FHM France - Now I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell you how incredibly hot she looks :-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,25 2007 - tech
TechNews - Radeon HD 2900 Pro benchmarked - tech
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  • AMD rumored to release an Athlon 5000+ Black Edition - The processor would be built on 65nm and be clocked at the 'regular' 2.6GHz and have 1MB of L2 cache, the same as the non-Black Edition version but, it will differentiate itself by having an unlocked multiplier.
  • Nvidia to release four nForce 700 series chipsets in November - Nvidia will be releasing the nForce 780a and 750a , the first being the highest-end offer, with support for three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots while the latter will boast only two such slots. Both will support AM2+ and AM2 processors and will come with DDR2-1066-ready modules. On the Intel front, the C72 chipsets have finally received their 'official' names, nForce 780i (C72 XE) and nForce 750i (C72 P), both featuring support for Intel's upcoming 45nm processors and DDR2 memory.
  • MSI P35 Diamond Mobo Tested - Good board with fantastic stability and great performance, but it still doesn't represent good value for money.
  • Radeon HD 2900 Pro benchmarked - PCLab's benchmarks include 3DMark06, F.E.A.R., Prey, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. In the four game tests, the 2900 Pro is on average about 19% slower than the full-blown Radeon HD 2900 XT at stock speeds.
  • HP w2207 22-inch LCD Monitor Tested - The screen measures in a 22-inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 at 60Hz. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the brightness is up to 300 nits
  • Western Digital RE2 750GB Hard Drive Tested - The RE2 may even be a better alternative than a 10K-RPM Raptor
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 - This service pack is hardly of 117.7 Mb but Microsoft says it to be an important update to Microsoft Office 2003 Service pack 2 so everyone using Ms Office 2003 must download and update it (changelog)
  • FileZilla 3.0.1 - FileZilla is powerful Open Source FTP/SFTP client with many features. It includes a site manager to store all your connection details and logins as well as an Explorer style interface that shows the local and remote folders and can be customized independently.
  • Recuva 1.05.118 - Recuva (download) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players.
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta sent to testers - SP1 Beta comes in both 32 and 64bit versions and according to Brandon LeBlanc, it brings a few speed improvements and it takes out the search option from the Start Menu. The Vista GUI hasn't received any major updates but the whole idea with SP1 was to fix bugs and give the OS and applications running on it a boost. The final version of Vista Service Pack 1 is still slated for Q1 2008.
  • Blu-ray/HD DVD War to Last Another 18 Months - A stand alone Blu-ray player sells for about $500, while HD DVD players cost about $400, and prices are expected to drop further as the holiday shopping season nears.
  • Apple: unlock may damage, void warranty - The company said that unlocking an iPhone may render an iPhone useless after applying future software updates.
  • Halo 3 - Official 90 Second Spot - The official full length version of the televison spot for the Halo 3 "Believe" campaign
  • The Worlds Biggest Pencil - check it out
  • Stupid Brain Tricks (video) - check it out (especially the last trick is pretty cool)
  • Erica Durance's Sexy Maxim Pictures - If you're a fan of the show Smallville, you'll enjoy these pictures of hottie Erica Durance (born June 21, 1978).
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,24 2007 - tech
TechNews - The XP Alternative for Vista PCs - tech
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  • The XP Alternative for Vista PCs - While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.
  • World in Conflict (PC) graphics card performance / IQ review  - Guru3D look how ten different graphics cards perform (DX9 & DX10) in World in Conflict.
  • How to use more than a gig of RAM on 32-bit Linux -  The problem exists because 32-bit Linux kernels are designed to access only 1GB of RAM by default
  • Driver Sweeper version 1.0 final - Driver Sweeper is a fast tool to remove driver leftovers from your system. It's very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems. You can use it if you want to update/remove drivers from your system. The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound) Realtek (Sound), Ageia (PhysX) and Microsoft (Mouse).
  • Microsoft gives CEO Ballmer $1.3 million pay package - Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer received a $1.3 million pay cheque ($620,000 in salary and a $650,000 bonus) for fiscal 2007, a year which ended June 30 and in which profit at the world's largest software maker topped $14 billion. Microsoft gave Ballmer a modest $6,750 in matches to his 401K retirement plan and approximately $3,000 worth of life insurance and athletic club memberships. Wow :-)
  • Two new Gmail features in the queue - Here are two new features that will be launched either before, or after Gmail 2.0
  • 1GB 20 years ago and 1GB now! (pic) - It's amazing how quickly technology advances these days...
  • Hilarious Crazy Faces! (video) - WTF :-)
  • Smirnoff vodka advertisement - After a short trailer, click the 'Watch the TV ad' centre screen. Enjoy!  (thanks  Stumpus)
  • Dont Touch A Lions Paw (video) - This dude just learned out the hard way that lions really dont like it when people touch their paws.
  • Miss Horrorfest 2007 - New Montage - Hardcore (video) - Here is a new Miss Horrorfest Montage for your viewing pleasure. This is the more hardcore version!
  • Google Earth Zooms Too Close (video) - Maybe googles zooming technology is getting a little too good?
  • Keeley Hazell WWII-themed photoshoot - Here are some new shots of Keeley Hazell looking hot as ever in a WWII-themed photoshoot for The Sun Magazine. Enjoy!
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,21 2007 - tech
TechNews - Vista vs XP Performance in Games - tech
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  • INTEL E6850 Dual Core Processor Tested - If you already have a Core 2 Duo E6600 or E6700, there's little reason to upgrade at this point, as INTEL is readying their new Penryn processors for release. Several reviews have shown that the 1333FSb makes minimal difference compared to the 1066FSB, and in most can easily get a Core 2 Duo E6600 to 3.0GHz and a 1333FSB.
  • Intel 3.4GHz Skulltrail And QX9650 Performance Preview - The Skulltrail machine is much more powerful than the QX9650, thanks to its SLI graphics, higher clocked processors (3.4GHz vs. 3.0GHz), memory, and eight execution cores.
  • XFX Unveils World's Fastest Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS Graphics Card - The new XFX 8800 GTS Fatal1ty offer up to 15% better performance than the standard GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
  • RV670 graphics card pictured - It seems that the card will be shipped starting with September 25th, the same day AMD wants to reveal its dark side. It may not exactly be as long as the snake on the site but it should be quite poisonous, especially for Nvidia's forthcoming mainstream cards.
  • Windows Vista vs Windows XP Performance: 7 Months Later - NVIDIA took a lot of flack for their Vista drivers back in Feb, but a lot has changed in the past 7 months. Are NVIDIA's Vista drivers any better? What about AMD's Radeon HD 2900 XT?
  • LCD Roundup: Something for everyone - None of these monitors merits a stand-alone article, but they do merit your attention. From low-on-budget film fans over business users to “brand name” elitists, every single of these can choose between these five models
  • Compal develops 'lid-cooled' notebook - Where current notebooks rely on conventional heatsinks as well as noisy, high-speed fans to cool their processors, Compal's design makes use of the display lid (a big aluminum or carbon plate that backs the screen) to dissipate heat.
  • Critical vulnerability found in Adobe Reader - Considering the prevalence of PDF files and the fact that Adobe Reader is a closed-source product, Petkov says he will not release a proof of concept until the issue is patched
  • Apple Blacklisting Hacked iPhones? - If you have modded your iPhone, don’t expect Apple to service your phone.
  • NBC to offer TV shows online for free - NBC will start offering limited free downloads of shows such as "Heroes" and "The Office" as part of its bid to expand the digital distribution of its programs.
  • Google Co-Founders Are 5th Richest Americans - The annual list of America’s Richest People is out today and guess what? Sergey Brin and Larry Page are now in the top five on the list.
  • files charges against media companies - Directly from "Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers."
  • Why net neutrality is important (pic) - This picture couldn't have explained net neutrality any better.
  • Dick Doodles (video) - Some of the greatest cartoons in the world started out in very perverse ways :-P
  • Free BMW Video Game Lets You Drive An M3 On A Virtual Nurburgring - You too can experience the thrill of driving the BMW M3 'round the famed N|rburgring F1 circuit
  • Exclusive Pathology Trailer - In Theaters 11/30 - Written by Neveldine and Taylor, the story centers on a young intern (Ventimiglia) who is studying pathology at Philadelphia's University Hospital and encounters an attractive but murderous group of colleagues who have devised a deadly game to see who among them can commit the perfect murder, while the others compete to determine the cause of death.
  • The Simpsons Game Super Sneak (video) - check it out
  • Lamborghini Gallardo vs Ducati 1098 (video) - Find out who comes out on top in a race between the potent Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and the most powerful production V-twin bike on the market.
  • Ashley Tisdale - He Said, She Said (video) - check it out :-o
  • Lucy Pinder - Scott McAulay 'Prison Bars' Photoshoot - Nice sexy pics!
  • Petra Nemcova Does Upskirts With Style - Yes, that's right, Petra Nemcova is so talented she can have an "upskirt" and "downskirt" simultaneously!
NVIDIA ForceWare 163.71 BETA Drivers - tech
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NVIDIA has released a new ForceWare beta drivers (release notes ~ PDF) for its various GeForce video chips (5x, 6x, 7x and 8x series) on its NVIDA Zone site. They are available for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition/Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit. Among the changes is improved compatibility for BioShock, Crysis, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, and World in Conflict. They also adds NVIDIA SLI profile for Team Fortress 2 and PureVideo HD decode acceleration for GeForce 8600, 8500 and 8400 series GPUs. (thanks Thinus)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,20 2007 - tech
Real-time raytracing for PC games almost a reality - tech
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PC Perspective has just pusted an article that looks at the development taking place at Intel in the area of real-time raytracing for the rendering of games. Here's an excerpt:
Today's Intel quad-core CPUs can perform quite well with this technology and with Intel confirming that Nehalem processors will have up to eight cores on a single die (and that falls in the two year time span), it's possible that we'll be running raytraced games on hardware that we were shown this week at IDF. If it's not the Nehalem or the next iteration of standard processors, then how about the much-famed Terascale processor from another of Intel's development research teams? These 80-core 2 TeraFlop processors are being shown again at IDF and we'll have more information on them very soon as well.

According to Daniel and the Intel team, the magic number of rays they'll need to process each second to achieve that "game quality" and frame rate is around one billion (though interesting designs can be done with considerably fewer). That would allow for about 30 rays per pixel to be processed for each frame, with different rays necessary colors, lighting and other special effects. Doing that math, at a 1024x768 resolution for a total of 786,432 pixels times 30 rays per pixel and 60 frames per second, you get 1.415 billion rays per second required. That is an impressive amount of processing horsepower and a level that we just are not yet at. The dual Clovertown system running our live demo was pushing approximately 83 million rays per second plus the work of standard trilinear filtering.
Multi-GPU Performance in DirectX10 - tech
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The chaps over at Neoseeker take a look at how multi-GPU (SLI/Crossfire) works in DX10 games on Vista:
As of the time of writing of this article (mid-September, 2007), all indication seem to point towards SLI having better driver support than CrossFire. After looking through all the benchmarks, it would be hard to claim otherwise. The only game that benefited from CrossFire support was Lost Planet -- and even then, there was image corruption. Enabling CrossFire actually resulted in a loss of game performance, more often than not, including in the possible PC game-of-the-year, Bioshock. Judging from these numbers, there are probably more than a handful of gamers out there who own two HD 2900 XT's, and are not very impressed by the situation.

But -- if you do own 2 HD 2900 XT's, don't rush out and sell them just yet. The CrossFire-enabling Vista patches are still quite new -- it is very likely that somewhere in Markham, Ontario, ATI/AMD's driver team is hard at work, trying to smooth out the CrossFire problems.

As for SLI in Vista: things look good. SLI seems ready to meet the big upcoming DX10 titles (i.e Crysis). It is even conceivable that someone shopping for a new gaming rig right now could consider buying a pair of 8800 GTS's over a single 8800 GTX. The BFG 8800 GTS's running in SLI out-performed our Asus EN8800 GTX in Lost Planet, Call of Juarez, and Bioshock. Prices always fluctuate, but according to most online retailers right now, a pair of 8800 GTS cards would cost only between $50 and $100 more than a single 8800 GTX.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel shows off 32nm parts - tech
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Team Fortress 2 Benchmarks - tech
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The chaps over at AMD Zone have published some GPU benchmarks for Team Fortress 2:
We utilized FRAPS to test out the game, and ran through the same portion of the game for 30 seconds to get our average numbers shown below. The settings were at the absolute maximum for each benchmark except AA is 4X and AF is 8X. The game certainly has a unique shading look, and is not as intensive as the Unreal 3 engine based Bioshock we recently tested.

At 1280X1024 we don't see many surprises. The 8800s are tied at 152 frames per second, or 9,120 frames per minute in Inquirer Marks. That is equal to 4.6 billion frames per year. The drop off to the 2nd tier DX10 cards is clear. The 8600GTS maintains over 60 FPS, but the 8600GT and 2600XT fall back to 48FPS. We don't yet have our 8800 GTX numbers, but we would expect something approaching 200 FPS.

At 1600X1200 the 8800 GTS cards are still around 100 FPS while the 8600GTS is knocked down below 50. The 2600XT edges out the 8600GT by a frame at 34.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,16 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD prepares three-core - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,14 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows Stealth Updates? - tech
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