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 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,21 2010 - tech 
3DMark 11 High Temple Tech Demo Trailer - tech
(hx) 06:38 AM EDT - Oct,21 2010 - Post a comment / read (8)
Advanced tessellation and lighting effects rendered in real-time by 3DMark 11's native DirectX 11 engine. Originally set for release in the third quarter of 2010, Futuremark is now saying 3DMark 11 will be released sometime later in 2010.

 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,18 2010 - tech
NVIDIA DRIVERS 260.89 WHQL - tech
(hx) 03:57 PM EDT - Oct,18 2010 - Post a comment / read (4)
Nvidia have announced the WHQL release of their new 260 series of graphics drivers. After 2 betas the drivers are finally stable enough to be Windows certified. The 260 series adds support for Nvidia's lower-end GTS 450 and GT 430 GeForce cards, and also offer a performance boost for Nvidia's 400 series dx11 cards, while adding support for Blu-ray 3D and lossless surround sound. They also add support for OpenGL 4.1 and come with a brand new driver installer.
3D without glasses, Cross-Eye HD - tech
(hx) 12:28 PM EDT - Oct,18 2010 - Post a comment / read (5)
This system uses the cross-eyed technique, which is a fantastic way to view 3D video:

 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,14 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.9a Video Card Application Profile - tech
(hx) 05:22 PM EDT - Oct,14 2010 - Post a comment / read (1)
There's a new ATI Catalyst Application Profile 10.9a, dated 13th October 2010. The update has CrossFire multi-GPU performance updates for nine game titles, so if you run ATI CrossFire you should download this application profile!
DirectX 9 application updates: Multiplayer Medal of Honor CrossFire update. Darksider performance and CrossFire Anti-Aliasing update. NBA 2K11 CrossFire update

DirectX10/11 application updates:
Stone Giant CrossFire update. Multiplayer Medal of Honor CrossFire update. Civ V tweak CrossFire update. Hawx2 CrossFire update. F1 CrossFire update. World of Warcraft DX11 version CrossFire update.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,12 2010 - tech
TechNews - Limitations of the Windows Phone 7 - tech
(hx) 08:42 PM EDT - Oct,12 2010 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • New NVIDIA 260.89 Beta Drivers Released - NVIDIA released a new beta driver - adds support for the newly released GeForce GT 430 GPU.
  • Firefox 4 beta for Android devices now available - Firefox has released Firefox 4 Beta1 Mobile for Android devices, many nice new features like pinch to zoom, firefox add-ons, and more.
  • Limitations of the Windows Phone 7 - Here are some serious shortcomings in the Windows Phone 7 operating system
  • VLC heading to all iOS devices: iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV too? - Applidium, the company behind that fantastic VLC media player that was recently released for iPad, has just announced they have a universal version presently going through the iTunes App Store scrutiny. Once it makes it through, you’ll be able to use VLC on any iOS device which leads me to believe that also counts for Apple TV too.
  • SuperOneClick roots any Android device with a click - With a single click you can root any Android device out there, the SuperOneClick tool is what used to root the Droid X, but now it’s been updated to included the whole lot.
  • Mitsubishi Live Drive Offers Online Test Drive (video) - Mitsubishi is launching a new campaign called Live Drive, by which they enable people to take a virtual test drive of their cars over the Internet. Now you might think what's the big deal, it's a just a simulator. But you see, it's not! You might take control of the car like a video game, but it's actually connected to a real car which is remotely controlled by you. That does not make much sense, because as far as you are not in the car to feel the ride and everything, what's the point of all this complexity?! And God knows how many cars people are going to crash!
  • New Acer netbooks to dual-boot Android - According to DigiTimes, Aspire One netbooks based on Intel's new dual-core Atom CPU will come pre-loaded with Google's Android operating system in addition to Windows 7. Android might seem like an odd choice for a device that lacks a touchscreen, but it should load much faster than Windows, making it ideal for those moments when you just want to quickly check your email or get in a few minutes of surfing.
  • Skype for Android hacked and cracked to allow 3G calling - That Skype app for Android we thought was locked down to Wi-Fi only has just been cracked a few days after its release. The .apk is provided by xeudoxus over at Droid Forums, he tweaked it to get that pesky 3G block off, and apparently its working like a charm. So now all we need is an .apk that works on the Samsung Galaxy S.
  • Robots Now Guarding Nevada Nuke Site (video) - Citizens of Nevada, you can now relax. The Nevada National Security Site, home to tens of millions of cubic feet of low-level radioactive waste - and location of over a thousand Cold War nuclear weapons tests - is now being guarded by robots.
  • MIT Makes Magical Medical Mirror - A team of students at MIT have invented a mirror that can check your vital signs.
  • Lexus Shows Off World's Most Advanced Driving Simulator - Lexus has safety-tested its vehicles using what it claims is the world's most advanced driving simulator for the past two years. The vehicle manufacturer has allowed select members of the media in for tours, but now Lexus is revealing the simulator to the public as part of a new ad campaign.
  • Full-Length Trailer for Animated 'Ultramarines' Movie! - Here's the full-length trailer for Ultramarines, Codex Pictures' animated Warhammer 40,000 action movie featuring the voices of Terence Stamp and John Hurt. Ultramarines arrives on DVD on November 29th and you can pre-order a Special Edition Collector's Set on the official website now.
  • Official US Trailer for Chris Morris' Comedy 'Four Lions' - A story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and plausible) farce. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Drafthouse Films for US distribution. Four Lions will arrive in limited theaters starting on November 5th.
  • Second Full Trailer for Danny Boyle's New '127 Hours' - Fox Searchlight has debuted another new full-length theatrical trailer for 127 Hours. Fox Searchlight scheduled 127 Hours for limited release starting November 5th.
  • The Thing Prequel Footage Unveiled - There weren't many movie panels at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, but Universal had a strong presence with a few presentations, including a big reveal for The Thing prequel.
  • iPad Shot with Shotgun (video) - Sure it's not as impressive as using a .50 cal on a stack of 18 hard drives, but it's close :\
  • Adriana Lima: Victoria's Secret Lingerie - Adriana Lima is back with all new Victoria's Secret Lingerie photo-shoot after the birth of her first child and she looks even more sexy now.
  • Kelly Brook For FHM Australia Was A Good Idea - World famous British glamor model and star of the Darwin Award winning Piranha 3D, Kelly Brook takes to the pages of an upcoming issue of FHM Australia Magazine - gives going down under a whole new meaning.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,11 2010 - tech
CrossFireX vs. SLI New Games Performance - tech
(hx) 07:51 PM EDT - Oct,11 2010 - Post a comment / read (7)
HardOCP has posted a ATI CrossFireX vs. NVIDIA SLI new games performance article. You might be surprised to know how the GTX 480 SLI, HD 5870 CFX and GTX 460 SLI performed playing three brand new games using their apples-to-apples testing.
F1 2010 and Civilization V have been out for over two weeks now, and Dead Rising 2 has been out for over a week. Yet, we are still stuck with ATI Catalyst Application Profile 10.9 dated 9/15/2010 and here is F1 2010 performing poorly compared to the competition and Dead Rising 2 not having CrossFireX support at all! It isn't good news for NVIDIA either, in fact their SLI Profile Update 5 is dated way back to 8/16/2010 yet here is Civ 5 with broken SLI. In both cases, Dead Rising 2 did not apply the correct resolution in NV Surround and ATI Eyefinity.

The whole point of these SLI and CrossFireX profile updates are to provide updates for games between driver releases. Yet, AMD seems only content to release CrossFireX Profile updates with each driver release, only releasing new updates when someone like us complains about something. This is not good for SLI and CrossFireX customers. Quite frankly, gamers are being let down, and people playing brand new games are not getting the full benefit of their hardware. If these three games had issues, imagine how many other new games out there also have problems that people just aren't aware of. This needs to be a wakeup call.

The internet has created a sense of immediacy with PC gaming. These days gamers are able to download games at exactly the time it launches, no more having to wait for games to hit the shelves. Many of our readers had their finger on the button ready to play Civilization V the moment it was launched, already pre-loaded via Steam. This seems to be the wave of the future that is already here. The problem is, AMD and NVIDIA are not keeping up with this demand when it comes to NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX support in games. The guys that pay the most for these companies products that are the biggest gamers are getting screwed. Thanks for giving me another reason to move to console guys.

The nature of multi-GPU profiles has its weakness, and that weakness means you won't always get SLI or CrossFireX support in a game when you want to play that game. You may end up having to wait weeks, or months before proper multi-GPU acceleration is provided to you. This fact is not new, and we wanted to see if things have gotten better, but they haven't. In fact, these new games we have used here today have been out now for 1-2 weeks, yet all of them seem to have an issue of sort with either CrossFireX or SLI scaling properly, and no profile updates have been released. As a gamer who has invested much money in a dual-GPU configuration, this is frustrating.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,09 2010 - tech
GeForce GTS 450 SLI scaling performance - tech
(hx) 05:24 PM EDT - Oct,09 2010 - Post a comment / read (7)
Benchmark Reviews take a look at the GeForce GTS 450 SLI scaling performance. Since a single $129 GeForce GTS 450 can outperform an AMD Radeon HD 5750 and match the 5770, what kind of performance do you get from two GTS 450's for $258? Check it out!
The NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 requires a single six-pin PCI-E power connection for proper operation. Resting at idle, the power draw consumed only 16 watts of electricity... 6W less than the ATI Radeon HD 5770, and half the amount required for the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, GTX 280, GTX 465 at idle. Once 3D-applications begin to demand power from the GPU, electrical power consumption climbed to full-throttle. Measured with 3D 'torture' load using FurMark, the GeForce GTS 450 consumed 122 watts, which nearly matches the Radeon 5770 yet still below the 8800 GT. Although GF106 Fermi GPUs features the same 40nm fabrication process as the GF100 part, it's clear that NVIDIA's GTS 450 is better suited for 'Green' enthusiasts.

In summary, a single GTS 450 offers considerable power for the money when driven at the most common monitor resolutions (1280x1024 and 1680x1050), but two GTS 460's combine extremely well to fill the $260 price point and beat several more expensive options. We tested the GTS 450 SLI set to work especially well with NVIDIA's 3D-Vision Surround technology, even when performance was modest at 1920x1080. Priced at time of launch for $129.99 the mid-level 1GB GeForce GTS 450 video card is a far better choice than AMD's $120 Radeon HD 5750, and in many cases it makes the $150 Radeon HD 5770 look unfit for its price point. Add a second video card for a grand total of $260, and there's almost nothing that competes in the segment. NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450 is a real winner for SLI enthusiasts.

Pros:
+ Tremendous overclocking potential!
+ Cool operating temperatures at idle and load
+ SLI consumes only 32 watts of power at idle
+ Great value at $260 - easily beats Radeon 5850
+ Excellent price-to-performance cost ratio
+ Enables triple-monitor 3D Vision Surround capability
+ Fan externally exhausts heat outside of case
+ Quiet cooling fan under loaded operation
+ Outperforms Radeon 5870 in many games
+ Adds 32x CSAA post-processing detail

Cons:
- Triple-SLI not supported
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,05 2010 - tech
66% Of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP? - tech
(hx) 07:15 PM EDT - Oct,05 2010 - Post a comment / read (32)
According to this article, almost 66% of all Windows users are still on Windows XP!
It is no secret that Windows users have learned that change is something Windows computers don’t like. Often, it is much easier to leave the Windows version that came with a PC as it was and avoid the pain of upgrading. Vista may have been an exception as the operating system itself was worth the extra pain (or not), while Windows XP was a solid software that works well for the majority of computer users worldwide even today.

New market share data recently released by Net Applications puts XP’s market share at 60.03%, down from 60.89% in the month before. Windows Vista fell from 14.00% to 13.35%, while Windows 7 gained 1.25 points to 17.10%. It is interesting to see that Vista and XP lost a combined 1.51 points in September: The difference between the gain of 7 and the loss of Vista/XP represents 100% of the Windows market share loss, which was down 0.25 points to 91.08% in September.

Since the launch of Windows 7 in October 2009, the operating system was able to post a net gain of market share in only three months, according to Net Applications, and was hit with a net market share loss of 1.44 points over the past 11 months. If we believe the data published by Net Applications, then Windows 7 has not been able to stop the market share bleeding of Windows, even if it has slowed a bit: In the past 9 months, Windows lost only 0.92 points, while Windows lost 1.14 points in the 9 nine months directly preceding the launch of Windows 7.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,27 2010 - tech
TechNews - GeForce GTS 450 Video Card Tested - tech
(hx) 08:58 PM EDT - Sep,27 2010 - Post a comment
  • GTX 480 and 460 SLI vs. 5870 CrossFireX Redux - The chaps over at HardOCP re-visit SLI and CrossFireX comparisons in their GTX 480 and 460 SLI vs. 5870 CrossFireX redux. Today’s apples-to-apples comparison features the latest drivers and three different games to see if CrossFireX can keep up with SLI scaling.
  • GeForce GTS 450 Video Card Tested -  Hardware Secrets take a further look at the GeForce GTS 450, the first DirectX 11 mid-range graphics chip released by NVIDIA.
  • Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64gb USB 3.0 Flash Drive Tested - For those who have machines with USB 3.0 interfaces and desire quick file transfers and read speeds then the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is a terrific choice. But if you don't have USB 3.0 then the price may cost prohibitive for this flash drive as you can buy a similar capacity for less money.
  • Dell 'Looking Glass' 7-inch Android tablet surfaces in video - As can be expected, the yet unnamed device will be running on a newer build of Google Android than the current 1.6 OS that powers the 5-inch Streak. The screen is bigger too, of course, but we’re hearing that the processor is getting bumped into the dual-core Tegra 2 variety. That should help to enhance the performance.
  • HP Slate gets demoed on video - A YouTube user has posted a lengthy video demo of a HP Slate device running Windows 7. Although the device boots in 30 seconds, compared to the iPad's 15 second boot time, it's clear from the start that Windows 7 isn't suitable for a slate style device. Windows 7 appears to be difficult to navigate using just your finger. The onscreen keyboard also takes approximately 60% of the screen space and does not push any content above it to make it user friendly.
  • RIM launches 7-inch 'PlayBook' tablet - Research in Motion (RIM) unveiled an 'enterprise-ready' 7-in. touchscreen BlackBerry Playbook tablet on Monday that features front and rear high-definition cameras, a dual-core 1 GHz processor and a new BlackBerry Tablet OS. The PlayBook, due out early next year in the U.S., is less than half an inch thick and weighs less than a pound.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab promo shows why you don't wan't an iPad - Samsung has rolled the marketing ball for the Galaxy Tab. It has put up a 2 minute promo video which shows what the device can do, all with a touch a glamor and lots of happy faces.
  • Toshiba and Best Buy Collaborate to Introduce Children's Laptop - Designed in collaboration with Best Buy, the Satellite L635 Kids' PC is a full-size laptop made for children aged five to 10 that provides a suite of entertainment and education software and allows parents to help ensure their children are staying safe on the Web. The Satellite L635 Kids' PC features a 13.3-inch diagonal HD display, a built-in DVD drive and Webcam with software designed specially with a younger user in mind.
  • Adobe demos CSI-like photography with infinite depth of field - Adobe Systems Inc. demonstrated impressive new photography technologies during a recent Nvidia Tech Conference, that would allow users to refocus photos on their computers after the photo was originally snapped. The company used plenoptic lenses, which essentially are many lenses clustered together that are able to focus on different parts of a picture (including the ability to capture 3D images), the result is a mosaic like non-natural group of micro-pictures with an infinite depth of field.
  • Free Microsoft Security Essentials for Small Business - Microsoft will begin offering free MSE for business use next month.
  • Mozilla Seabird 2D (video) - Mozilla Labs unveiled a concept phone this week that piques the interest of many, but will probable never see production.
  • ElcomSoft WiFi cracking system for laptops released - Wireless packet sniffing can be done for various reasons, white hat or black. But we'll lean towards the noble C-level security officer within your organization who keeps things running tight and secure. And for that particular individual, Elcomsoft has released their Wireless Security Auditor WiFi software that can crack WAP/WPA2 PSK passwords, intercept data packets, and locate wireless networks all from a simple to use single interface. You'll need a laptop with AMD or Nvidia graphics cards, after that, you're on your way to securing the infrastructure, making sure no unauthorized relays are setup that could compromise your organizations network. The pro version runs for $1,199, with a standard at $399.
  • iPhone 4 Reception Problems Fixed - Well, thanks to Chuck Norris the problem has been solved!
  • What Happens if You Cross the LHC Stream with Your Hand? - The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the biggest, baddest, and highest-energy particle accelerator anywhere on the planet. One question that comes to everyone's mind is...what would happen if you stuck your hand in front of the beam?
  • First Teaser Trailer for the Coen Bros' True Grit! - Paramount has debuted the first badass teaser trailer for the Coen Brothers' True Grit over on Apple and it's awesome! True Grit is a new remake/re-adaptation of an old John Wayne western which was based on a Charles Portis novel.
  • Paranormal Activity 2 Teaser Online - check it out
  • Second Epic Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Official Trailer - This is based on J.K. Rowling's very popular series of books which have already concluded. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I will arrive in theaters on November 19th later this year!
  • Tron Legacy's Daft Punk Soundtrack Website Gets Viral Update - An odd email was sent out to readers last night alerting them that the website for Tron Legacy's Official Soundtrack by Daft Punk had been updated. The email contained a few bits of real info, but mostly chunks of garbled text which turned out to be real text encoded in Base 64 (decode it here).
  • Banned Smart ad sells using fear of back seats? - The ad was a huge hit in Germany, where it was originally slated to run during the trailers in movie theaters. It garnered such approval that it eventually made its way into television spots throughout Europe and has now ended up on Youtube as a 'banned' ad.
  • Nissan JUKE full TV ad (video) - The two-minute spot with a music track straight from a Halo ad injects some energy to the Juke mix, suggesting that it might have enough spark to get the city going and make your hair stand on end. Or at least enough to start up Richard Simmons.
  • Space station cameras capture Hurricane Igor (video) - Spectacular images captured by space station cameras of Hurricane Igor as it churned west across the Atlantic Ocean:
  • Jay Leno test drives the Tesla Roadster 2.5 (video) - This is the most updated version of the Tesla Roaster and it represents quite a step up from the original Teslas. It's still a full-electric car with no need for a single drop of gasoline. The most recent stat, which will speak to some of the naysayers of full-electrics, is that it gets an EPA-certified 245 miles on a single charge. They've also swapped out from a two-speed transmission to a single-speed transmission. This is apparently more efficient. In the video below, Jay also learns about how air-conditioning affects fuel economy, how the liquid cooling system works, and so on. It's actually quite educational.
  • Jessica-Jane Clement is too hot for words - Jessica-Jane shows off her dangerous curves in the latest issue of Loaded magazine. 
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,22 2010 - tech
Nvidia Fermi successor called Kepler, coming 2011 - tech
(hx) 01:44 PM EDT - Sep,22 2010 - Post a comment / read (9)
Exciting stuff at the end of Jen-Hsun Huang's GTC keynote as Nvidia's CEO has presented a roadmap depicting the next two GPU architectures currently in the works at the Santa Clara company. Fermi's successors are known as Kepler and Maxwell and are scheduled to launch in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Kepler will be based on a 28-nanometer fabrication process, and Nvidia intends for it to be nearly three times more efficient, in DP FLOPS per watt, than today's Fermi architecture. Huang noted that such an improvement goes "far beyond" what process technology advances alone can achieve. Changes in the chip architecture, design, and software will contribute to that advance, as well. The Maxwell architecture will come next, in 2013, and will be produced on a 22-nm fabrication process. Maxwell promises nearly an 8X increase in DP FLOPS per watt beyond today's Fermi chips. Huang noted that, in parallel computing, power is the primary constraint, which is why he chose that metric to describe future architectures.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2010 - tech
TechNews - Intel Charging $50 to Unlock Your CPU - tech
(hx) 07:27 PM EDT - Sep,19 2010 - Post a comment / read (3)
  • Intel Charging $50 to Unlock Your CPU -  Want to unlock extra threads and cache on your new Pentium G6941 processor? Well, all you have to do is buy this little scratch-off card! WTF?
  • Top 5 Reasons To Get Intel Core CPUs Now - In this article, VR-Zone compares the previous generation Intel Core 2 Duo mainstream desktop (MSDT) platform to the current generation Intel Core i3 one. The Intel Core 2 Duo is still mighty fast for today's productivity applications, but Intel's current generation Core i3 is not only faster, but also better in more ways than one. Let's find out how much there is to gain upgrading to the Intel Core i3 platform.
  • Viewsonic's G Tablet runs Android 2.2 froyo, costs $529 - What I specifically like about the G Tablet is its front facing camera and USB port, and this would have been great 6 months ago, but as Apple readies its next-generation iPad it's really going to be a too little too late scenario Viewsonic. Especially at their $529 asking price. Sure, it's loaded with 1GB RAM, 16GB flash with microSD expansion for 16 more, it plays 1080p HD for 10 hours, but we've heard that song and dance before and Viewsonic is now officially deep in the iPad clone catchup game.
  • NVIDIA Beta Drivers 260.63 - NVIDIA now offers new beta version 260.63 drivers to add support for their newly released GTX 450 GPUs. The new beta drivers are available for Windows Vista/Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 7/Windows Vista 64-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit. The new drivers increase performance for a number of games running under GTX 460 and GTX 480-based cards.
  • Internet Explorer 9 Beta Released - Microsoft has released the beta for the newest version 9.0 of their ever-so-popular Internet Explorer browser. The beta has all the features that will be seen come release, but does not however have the updated version 9 UI. You can download the beta here. Version 9 has some important new things about it. For starters, there is support for HTML 5 and CSS 3, and a new JavaScript engine. IE9 also has an "Acid Test" feature that will let you test the compatibility and compliance of a website with IE9. Additionally, this new browser is programmed to use your GPU much better: IE9 uses your computer's GPU to enhance hardware scalable vector graphics (SVG), JavaScript performance, and HTML5 performance.
  • AMD Catalyst 10.9 Windows 7 Driver Analysis - Now, compared to the 10.4a driver, performance seems to be a little down. What's being said, though, is that this driver is a lot more stable than the 10.5s to 10.8s and while performance is a little down, you've got all those bug fixes that have been seen in the past few months.
  • Adobe offers beta 64-bit Flash plug-in with IE9 support - On the heels of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 beta, which is available in a 64-bit flavor for Windows 7, Adobe has released a 64-bit Flash plug-in. Dubbed Flash Player Square, this preview plug-in is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, although judging by the "features" section of the download page, Adobe is clearly targeting IE9.
  • HTC Sense UI for Windows Phone 7 leaks, looks impressive - The video shows several app tiles on a Windows Phone 7 home screen. The first is a 3D notes app that allows users to stick notes to the home screen. Some truly impressive 3D effects are shown to demonstrate the notes. The video also demonstrates a weather and stocks application, both with 3D animations. A second video also emerged today showing a HTC Hub interface on a previously unknown HTC Windows Phone 7 device.
  • Windows Phone 7 Walkthrough - Tom's Hardware has an interesting article up on the fast approaching Windows Phone 7 platform. Included in the article is a video walk-through and a physical demonstration of the Windows Phone 7 platform. In related news, Microsoft said on Thursday that when Windows Phone 7 devices hit the shelves later this year, there will be no CDMA verions until 2011.
  • T-Mobile to Implement a Twitter Tax on Texts? - Business customers on T-Mobile USA could start incurring a surcharge per each SMS delivered beginning October 1st. A charge of ¼ cent per SMS will be charged to the company sending the text according to reports.
  • Boxee Box available for pre-order - The Boxee Box will be available in November. The device will sell for $200 through Boxee.tv or Amazon.com. Before it was a piece of hardware, Boxee was a software download that put Internet content on a TV screen. The Boxee Box, which was built by D-Link, is a media player that allows 1080p HD videos to be streamed to a TV from the Web or a local network. It can also run a browser on the TV, including Flash content.
  • Vladimir Skulachev: Defeating Aging and Death - A Russian scientist claims to have created his own version of the fountain of youth. He says, when perfected, all you'll have to do is pop a pill to defy the aging process. The medicine is currently undergoing tests, but could be on sale within a few years.
  • The official trailer for David O. Russell's The Fighter - Paramount has debuted the official trailer for David O. Russell's The Fighter, their upcoming boxing drama starring an incredibly buff Mark Wahlberg as 'Irish' Mickey Ward, Christian Bale as his brother Dickie Eklund, and a supporting casting including a sultry Amy Adams.
  • Newer 'Paranormal Activity 2' Trailer has Creepy Secrets - Paramount will be bringing Paranormal Activity 2 to theaters on October 22nd, a week before Saw 3D open.
  • Crazy, Weird Genetics Sci-Fi Movie 'JIM' - Trapped in the midst of a lonely, unraveling life, Jim is forced to make important decisions under extreme duress. Being only human, he needs to be sure his life means something and decides to spend everything on securing his legacy at Lorigen, a company offering social and economic security via genetic enhancement. JIM will be hitting very limited theaters thanks to Area23a starting on October 8th/
  • Megan's Steamy Commercial - check it out
  • Jennifer Flaunts for FHM - Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins shows off how she won the title in the October issue of FHM.
  • Keri Gets in Bed with Esquire - Check out the hot pics of Keri Russell!
  • Anna Kournikova Looking Awesome In Maxim - She is modeling a few different bikinis in the pages of Maxim!
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,16 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.9 Drivers + Hotfix Released - tech
(hx) 04:22 AM EDT - Sep,16 2010 - Post a comment / read (6)
ATI has released ATI Catalyst 10.9 drivers (release notes) for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Linux. The drivers are also available via Steam. Catalyst 10.9 offers performance improvements for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for certain 4000 and 5000-series cards. There are also new or updated Catalyst profiles for Aliens vs. Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, F1 2010, and Kane & Lynch 2. Catalyst 10.9 also brings official support for hardware acceleration in the Internet Explorer 9 beta (which is now available).

Update: This hotfix-driver solves the HDMI overscan-problem. It also contains a new HDMI audio-driver. If you have an AMD system, look also for the latest updated AHCI-driver that are available now.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,10 2010 - tech
Nvidia lowers price on GeForce GTX 460 768MB - tech
(hx) 06:49 PM EDT - Sep,10 2010 - Post a comment / read (3)
Nvidia Corp. has confirmed the evident price drop on the GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card. The board, which manufacturer suggested retail price at launch several weeks ago was $199 can now be obtained for $179 or even $169 in several online stores in the U.S. Lowering the price of the GTX 460 768MB will surely help to cement its position as the best mid-range graphics value around.

I've noticed Newegg has a version from Gigabyte that sells for just $170 and can be purchased with StarCraft II for only $210.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,09 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.8B Hotfix - tech
(hx) 05:22 PM EDT - Sep,09 2010 - Post a comment
AMD has just issued a new ATI Catalyst 10.8B Hotfix. This driver update is for Windows 7 and Windows Vista in both 32bit and 64bit flavors.
- ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 and ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 use both Graphics Processing Units (GPU) for high performance
- Ubisoft H.A.W.X 2 with forced on Anisotropic Filtering (AF) using ATI Catalyst Control Center can improve performance
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,05 2010 - tech
Technews - Samsung Galaxy Tab Looks Cool - tech
(hx) 08:43 PM EDT - Sep,05 2010 - Post a comment
  • IBM Ships 5.2GHz Chip - IBM has just unveiled a quad-core 5.2GHz processor designed for the company's zEnterprise 196 mainframe computers.
  • NVIDIAs New GeForce 400M 3D Vision and Optimus Notebooks - Legit Reviews takes a look at NVIDIA's New GeForce 400M 3D Vision and Optimus Notebooks. Nvidia says the new 400M parts, which include the GeForce GTX 470M, GTX 460M, GT 445M, GT 435M, GT425M, GT420M, and GT415M, are up to 40% faster than the 300M-series mobile GeForces they will replace. All seven parts support Optimus. In other words, get ready for more notebooks with 120Hz displays and stereoscopic goggles!
  • Windows Phone 7 review - The chaps over at Neowin take an extensive look at a prototype Windows Phone 7 device running the Windows Phone operating system: "Windows Phone 7 is a solid product, and it's not even out yet. The developer/prototype devices are obviously not the ones that the platform will hit on its final release, but we were impressed with how quick and stable the whole thing ran even at this stage. A few areas are worrying, with the lack of Twitter, Flash, Silverlight and HTML5 video at launch, it's not clear what Microsoft's game plan is here. As a heavy user of Youtube & Twitter on Android, it seems hard to imagine life without it. There's potential that Microsoft might be intending on using the Zune hub as a way to manage video, but it's not clear yet."
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab announced - The Android powered tablet features a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, with an expansion MicroSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. The Galaxy Tab comes with a 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 3MP rear camera with LED flash, perfect for taking images in the dark. The device also comes with a 4,000mAh battery, good for up to 7 hours of battery life. The Galaxy Tab is 3G data-ready, and has a 5Ghz dual-band 802.11n WiFi built-in card. The tablet also has a speaker on the bottom of the device, similar to the iPad, and supports Bluetooth. The Galaxy Tab has a 30-pin dock connector port on the bottom of the device, that allows HDMI, USB and other accessories for docking or adding onto the tablet, all fitted into a 7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 (WSVGA).
  • CNET's hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - CNET got a little hands on time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and, surprisingly enough, the 7" Android powered device looks promising!
  • Amazon offering TV episodes for 99 cents - In an attempt to combat the 99-cent rentals that Apple now provides with their new Apple TV, Amazon.com's video-on-demand is offering TV episodes from Fox and ABC for only 99 cents. This comes at a better deal than Apple's rental, as for these episodes instead of renting, you are purchasing. The price is the same for both standard definition and high definition programming. Amazon's selection is quite large including TV hits such as Glee, Doctor Who, Lost, and Futurama, a full selection is available here.
  • Carl Bessai's Time Loop Sci-Fi Film 'Repeaters' Trailer - HitFix has an early trailer for a 'gritty, sci-fi film' called Repeaters, from director Carl Bessai, that will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The film plays with the Groundhog Day stuck-in-a-time-loop concept, but twists it into a 'aggressive, fast-paced thriller' that addresses the morals of starting over with a clean slate every day in some of the most extreme ways...
  • Live Face Mapping Demonstration - Aphex Twin held a live facial recognition demonstration at the London Electronic Festival this weekend.
  • First Awesome Trailer for Hobo With a Shotgun! - Ain't It Cool News has just debuted the first teaser trailer for Jason Eisener's Hobo With a Shotgun, the first feature-length film from the guys behind Treevenge.
  • Our World Is Full Of Freaks - check it out
  • Cheryl Tweedy's Sexy 2011 Calendar - Cheryl Tweedy showing off her sexiness and a little of her trashiness with her stripper tattoos.
  • Olivia Munn Gets Geek Sexy For GQ (photos) - Hottie Olivia Munn recently posed for GQ in all her nerd glory. This chick just seems to get hotter and hotter with each passing day, don't you think?
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,31 2010 - tech
Mafia II GPU & CPU Performance In-depth - tech
(hx) 11:12 AM EDT - Aug,31 2010 - Post a comment / read (5)
The chaps over at TechSpot take a look at Mafia II GPU & CPU Performance. Here's a taster:
The high-end GeForce GTX 480 is more than capable of playing this game in all of its glory at resolutions as high as 2560x1600 with PhysX enabled, so it is not the $500+ graphics cards we are concerned with. Even the more affordable GeForce GTX 460 can handle PhysX at resolutions such as 1680x1050 or lower when coupled with a fast enough processor.

Sadly for those with AMD graphics cards playing Mafia II with PhysX enabled is not going to run very well, unless you have a Nvidia graphics card handling the PhysX workload. Even with our Core i7 920 processor clocked at 3.70GHz, the Radeon HD 5970 and 5870 cards were limited to 22fps at 1680x1050. With a dedicated Nvidia PhysX card even the old Radeon HD 4890 can provide playable performance at 1680x1050, however factoring in the cost of the additional graphics card this path makes little sense. The best option for AMD users is to disable PhysX and forget it even exists. We suspect most will get over the missing rubble. While we would not normally recommend disabling anti-aliasing in games that support it, we must admit this feature made little difference in Mafia II. Owners of speedy GPUs won't feel the need to turn it off, but to give you tangible examples, the Radeon HD 4850 was an incredible 78% faster with anti-aliasing disabled while the GeForce 9800 GT was also 52% faster.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,30 2010 - tech
AMD Dropping the ATI Brand Name - tech
(hx) 03:59 PM EDT - Aug,30 2010 - Post a comment / read (15)
The Tech Report has confirmation that rumors that AMD was planning on dropping the ATI brand from their products is indeed true. As a result you can expect that the next generation of Radeon cards will be AMD branded, without any mention of ATI at all.
The long and short of it is that, according to AMD's own survey results, consumers savvy enough to know something about discrete graphics cards tend to know the Radeon name, they tend to like AMD, and they don't mind seeing the AMD name on graphics cards once they realize AMD merged with ATI. The folks at AMD read those results as "permission" to jettison the ATI brand name.

The plan, then, is to replace "ATI Radeon" and "ATI FirePro" with "Radeon" and "FirePro", along with a sprinkling of AMD corporate identity. The badges you see above will be used for systems with discrete Radeon and FirePro graphics cards. The lower row omits the AMD logo, so PC makers shipping Intel-based systems will be able to avoid the oil-and-water combo of Intel and AMD branding, if they wish.

If you just bought an "ATI Radeon" and are proud of that fact, fear not. Existing products, including the Radeon HD 5000 series, will not be renamed. Instead, AMD says the first products to carry the "AMD Radeon" label will be introduced later this year.
TechNews - GTX 480 SLI PCIe Bandwidth Perf - tech
(hx) 04:15 AM EDT - Aug,30 2010 - Post a comment / read (4)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI Performance Review - If you stick two of them together they become a high-end combination, especially in terms of value. In the dozen games that they tested the GeForce GTX 460 SLI graphics cards were on average 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 480,
  • GTX 480 SLI PCIe Bandwidth Perf. - x16/x16 vs. x4/x4 - If you are on an aging PCIe 1.X system at x8/x8 mode (equivalent to PCIe 2.0 x4/x4) on a single display fear not, you are not holding back the performance of GTX 480 SLI!
  • Windows Live Sync upgrades to 5GB and rebrands to Live Mesh -  Microsoft launched the beta of Windows Live Sync along with Windows Live Essentials 2011, allowing users to sync files and data between PC and PC, and between your PC and the cloud. After the most recent beta refresh, Microsoft will be rebranding Sync to Windows Live Mesh.
  • Google Confirms Chrome 7 GPU Acceleration - The foundation of the GPU acceleration in Chrome is a new (modified) sandbox process called the GPU process. Via this process, Chrome can take graphics commands from the renderer process and send them to OpenGL or Direct3D. This approach enabled Google to separate the rendering of a web page into different independent layers, such as CSS, images, videos, and WebGL or 2D canvases.
  • iTunes Hacked, PayPal Accounts Drained? - Reports are appearing this morning about a major security hole in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal. At least one group of scammers has found a way to charge thousands of dollars to iTunes accounts through PayPal. One targeted customer told us, 'My account was charged over $4700. I called security at PayPal and was told a large number of iTunes store accounts were compromised.' His email was filled with nearly 50 receipts from PayPall for $99.99 each. (Update: they were for 'CastleCraft, Dragon Crystals (10000 Pack), Seller: Freeverse, Inc'). He was able to catch it before his bank disbursed funds to PayPal.
  • YouTube to get rental movies by end of 2010 - The YouTube rental service will enable you to stream a rented film for $5 or less, depending on the age and popularity of the movie. Negotiations have been underway for a few months, but with the Apple event scheduled for September 1st they are pushing ever harder. This deal would make Google a major digital distributor, competing with Amazon.com, Netflix, and Apple.
  • Want an iPad alternative? Wait for Android 3.0 - Gingerbread, Android 3.0's codename, is rumored to have minimum requirements similar to those of Windows Phone 7 (1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM), but will also introduce support for larger screens/resolutions (possibly up to 1366x768) which will be perfectly sized for Android tablets along with a revamped UI
  • Voltaic's new standalone mobile solar chargers generate 4 watts -Voltaic has just released the Amp, Fuse and Switch, standalone chargers with solar panels that can produce up to 4 Watts of Power. With 4-5 hours of sun, or a day at the beach, their Lithium Polymer batteries can be fully powered and then used at anytime to charge a handheld device. The Amp cases are waterproof, UV resistant, and even made from recycled soda bottles (PET). When no sun is in sight, the battery packs can also be recharged by connecting to your computers USB port, and an AC or DC charger. Each come with 9 adapters and are selling for $99, $129, and $129 from Voltaic.
  • Bad Universe - Asteroid Impact Simulation - Phil Plait, the man behind the Bad Astronomy blog, has a new show on Discovery. The first episode involves imitating an asteroid impact using explosives.
  • Make and Receive Calls in Gmail -
  • Heico Sportiv adds aggression to new Volvo S60 - Under the hood is where the real oomph resides, with power outputs hitting the 297 horsepower and 258 pound-feet in the 2.0T, and 330 hp and 339 lb-ft. in the T6. In the T6 model, that will get you from naught to 62 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds.
  • Red Dead Redemption Movie Starring Brad Pitt? - ShowBizSpy.com claims. that Brad Pitt is a likely candidate to play the role of John Marston in an upcoming movie based on the Red Dead Redemption videogame.
  • Official Trailer for Kaare Andrews' Thriller Altitude - After a malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot (Jessica Lowndes) and her four teenage friends find themselves in a showdown with malevolent, supernatural forces in the sky. The film is being developed by the Escape Factory and is being distributed in the US by Anchor Bay Films. Altitude will be landing on DVD/Blu-Ray starting on October 26th if interested.
  • Full Trailer for Del Toro Produced Horror 'Julia's Eyes' - Julia's Eyes, or Los ojos de Julia, was written and directed by up-and-coming Spanish filmmaker Guillem Morales, of the feature The Uncertain Guest and numerous short films previously.
  • Creepy Mexican Sci-Fi Film 'Seres: Genesis' Trailer - Here's a Mexican sci-fi film called Seres: Genesis that's becoming a cult hit but no one has heard of it up in the US. Seres: Genesis is only the first film in a sci-fi series based on a Mexican graphic novel series that has everything from flying saucers to mysticism to archaeologists in action to UFO hunters, and lots of (low budget) special effects. That actually doesnt look that bad! :-)
  • Paris Hilton in US cocaine arrest - American socialite Paris Hilton is arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine after police stop her car, reports say.
  • Behind the Scenes with Jessica Alba (video) - Jessica's been keeping quiet for a couple of years, but now she's back in a big way with the film 'Machete' coming out next week.
  • Cristina's Caliente in Calzedonia - Summer may be winding to a close, but this Spanish supermodel sizzles in swimsuits!
  • Olga Kurylenko - Maxim Photoshoot - check it out!
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,25 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.8 Drivers Released - tech
(hx) 06:58 PM EDT - Aug,25 2010 - Post a comment
ATI has just released ATI Catalyst 10.8 drivers (release notes) for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Linux. Aside from the Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II, other new features include:
- OpenGL ES 2.0 support
- Video Quality default options
- Performance enhancement for Eyefinity
- Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,24 2010 - tech
Toshiba to launch first glasses-free 3D TV - tech
(hx) 12:48 PM EDT - Aug,24 2010 - Post a comment / read (3)
According to Breitbart, Toshiba is jumping ahead with its plans to bring goggle-free 3D to your living room and expects to have the first sets available for purchase later this year following disappointing initial sales of 3D televisions which require special glasses to view:
The company has developed a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various angles from the screen so that viewers can see stereoscopic images without glasses, the daily said.

"People can enjoy images in three dimensions from various positions and suffer less stress," it said. Japan's major electronics makers launched 3D television this year, but sales have not been as strong as expected while many customers have complained of being irritated by the glasses.

However, a Toshiba spokeswoman said: "We are not in a position to make any announcement."
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