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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,17 2009 - tech 
ATI Catalyst 9.12 Released - tech
(hx) 08:57 PM EST - Dec,17 2009 - Post a comment / read (1)
AMD released its latest version of the ATI Catalyst Software Suite to date, Catalyst 9.12 WHQL, which provides drivers and system software for the company's ATI Radeon graphics processors, AMD 7-series chipset IGPs, ATI multimedia products, and the AMD FireStream GPGPU processors. Version 9.12 announced today, comes with expanded GPU support for DirectCompute 10.1 for specific GPUs, includes performance increments, OpenGL 3.2 extension support, along with the usual application-specific fixes. The new drivers offer 3DMark Vantage performance improvements and up to 6% framerate increases for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat running under single card configurations. Grab them if you need them!

Update: ATI Support now offers a new hotfix. The hotfix is available for Windows 7/Vista, Windows XP, and Linux, and word is it "resolves the mouse being enlarged under Windows 7, improves performance of OpenGL games, Provides CrossFireX support for Eyefinity & Provides support for OpenCL."
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,15 2009 - tech
TechNews - First Google Phone photos - tech
(hx) 06:45 PM EST - Dec,15 2009 - Post a comment / read (3)
  • AMD vs. Intel CPUs for Around 60 Euro (90 USD) - AMD Athlon II X3 435 offers most bang for buck! When it comes to gaming, the situation is pretty much in balance among all tested CPUs. Archiving, rendering and video compression are similar among dual core CPUs, but since these applications can put to good use more cores, X3 comes as clear winner.
  • Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor Tested - If you absolutely must have the fastest quad-core system possible, then the Intel Core i7 processor is the way to go. These are really fast processors, especially for media encoding and professional 3D rendering. The choice of whether to go with the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition or a lower-end Core i7 processor is something you will have to decide, based on your needs and budget.
  • Leaked Intel Core i7-980X EE Processor Info - PCOnline has posted a leaked Intel slide which they claim has information on the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor. The slide says the 32nm LGA 1366 processor will have a 3.33GHz clock speed, 12MB of cache, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost, an integrated memory controller and a partridge in a pear tree
  • Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - Microsoft has rereleased the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool under the GNU General Public License v2.
  • Intel releases Turbo Boost monitoring gadget - Intel has released a gadget for Windows 7 and Windows Vista that lets users monitor the current fastest core clock speed of their Nehalem processor. As you'd expect, the Turbo Boost Technology Monitor will show up in the sidebar if you're running Vista and on the desktop with Windows 7. Unfortunately, the tool seems to have no way of showing individual clock speeds for different cores - it just displays a single number corresponding to the fastest current core.
  • Microsoft China steals code, rips off Plurk site - Plurk, a popular social networking site in Asia, claims that Microsoft China has ripped off their service by "blatant theft of code, design, and UI elements".
  • Microsoft planning to release Windows 7 Touch Pack download - Microsoft announced the Windows 7 Touch Pack back in May but originally it was meant for OEMs only. Today the company confirmed that it will be offering the Touch Pack for download soon. The official Touch Pack site states 'the Touch Pack comes preinstalled on some multitouch PCs running Windows 7, and will soon be available for download.'
  • ODROID : Speed Forge 3D Demo through HDTV (video) - ODROID is based on a Samsung-manufactured application processor called S5PC100 833MHz. The system-on-chip(SoC) uses the latest ARM's Cortex-A8 with NEON multimedia accelerator. The chip's 3D OpenGl ES capability enables high speed 3D games such as Speed Forge 3D. ODROID is connected to 42" HDTV through standard Mini HDMI cable. Speed Forge 3D is published by RAT SQUARE(www.ratsquare.pl).
  • First Google Phone / Nexus One photos, Android 2.1 on-board! - Here the first picture of the Google phone!
  • Windows Mobile 7 late next year - Microsoft UK head of mobility Phil Moore confirmed that we won't see Windows Mobile 7 phones on the market until late 2010.
  • Jacques Audiard's A Prophet Official US Trailer - Sony Pictures Classics has finally debuted the official US trailer for Jacques Audiard's A Prophet, better known as Un Prophete in French.
  • Google Chrome - Features (video) - Looking for a serious answer to a honest question. Why choose Google Chrome over Internet Explorer? 
  • Bidirectional Screen from MIT Media Lab (video) - MIT Media Labs have come up with a cool non-touch touchscreen thing. The BiDi Screen is an example of a new type of I/O device that possesses the ability to both capture images and display them.
  • How to fix Facebook's new privacy settings -Facebook has begun rolling out its new privacy settings to all of its 350 million users. If you haven't seen it already, you will soon have to go through a wizard that will guide you through the process of confirming your privacy settings. The new privacy controls include some great changes, and some not-so-great changes, but here are five privacy issues you should know about as these settings roll out across Facebook.
  • YouTube Looks at Subscriptions - YouTube is considering subscriptions? It seems like everyone out there right now is kicking around the subscription idea. Ugh
  • Second Intense Trailer for The Crazies Remake - Overture Films has debuted a second new trailer for The Crazies remake that stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, and a town full of crazy people.
  • First Official Trailer for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood  - Universal has just debuted the first international trailer for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.
  • EVO does 0-100 mph in Porsche's new 911 Turbo... with a Coke ... - When the Porsche 997 Turbo first came out and it was discovered that you could get from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds in the Tiptronic automatic transmission (which was quicker than the manual gearbox), that was incredible enough. In the updated 997 Turbo with PDK, however, you can apparently get to 100 mph in less than eight seconds with just three fingers on the wheel and a bottle of Coke at your lips!
  • Student Brings Typewriter To Class (video) - This kid is tired of students typing away on their laptops during class so he decides to take notes during a lecture on an old typewriter. Absolutely hilarious. That dude is the man :-)
  • US Unemployment Rates by County (Map) - More precisely, this map will be scary for people in the US. 
  • Rachel Stevens Topless Tease - Rachel Lauren Stevens (born 9 April 1978) is an English singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, television personality and occasional model.
  • Olivia Munn Bikini Picture Preview from Maxim - Here're some hot new Olivia Munn bikini pictures from the January 2010 issue of Maxim magazine!
  • Miranda Kerr GQ Magazine Cover - Model Miranda Kerr has been all over the place lately doing photoshoot after photoshoot, so it really is no surprise that this model is now on the cover of GQ
  • Amazon Deals - The Hangover (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $20) || SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (save $40) | Toshiba 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (save $30)
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,09 2009 - tech
TechNews - Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 Final - tech
(hx) 01:25 PM EST - Dec,09 2009 - Post a comment / read (4)
  • ASUS GeForce GT240 GDDR5 Video Card Tested - NVIDIA has been filling out the low-middle end of their video card product line lately, and in this article Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGT240/DI/512MD5/A video card equipped with with NVIDIA's new GeForce GT240 GPU and 512M of GDDR5 memory
  • GeForce 300 cards look to be rebadged DX10.1 parts - When was the last time NVIDIA did a rollout of a new series that was actually all new? I don't think any of the 8000 series were rebadges. The sad thing about this is these cards were supposed to be out in early 2009 not the end. I think the lowend GT200's were available to OEMs but not for months and months after they were supposed to be...
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Disk Tested -  It is a relief to see that Western Digital was able to deliver a product with best in class performance without the need to invest in expensive SATA 6G products.
  • Verbatim 500GB InSight USB Portable Hard Drive with Always On Display - TestFreaks posted a review on the Verbatim 500GB InSight USB Portable Hard Drive with Always On Display
  • Vantec announces new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Products - Vantec Thermal Technologies announces four new products utilizing the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface including two hard drive enclosures one for each form factor, a PCI-Express card and an ExpressCard/34 adapter. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is the next generation bus interface offering transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps (625Mbps) and it is fully backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. 
  • Microsoft already beginning to plan Office 15 - Office 2010 is scheduled to be available sometime next year, but the Redmond company has said it's already planning Office 15!
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 Final - Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 Final has been released!
  • Avast begins bundling Google Chrome as part of installation - According to a report from The Download Blog, Chrome is being offered via the installer for Avast! Home Edition 4.8 as being a recommended piece of software.  What a bummer. I'm just glad NOD32 isn't doing this. I wish software companies would stop doing this...
  • Stop the x86 Instruction Set War - Some smart blogger calls for an open, unified standard for x86 instruction set extensions. Very good reading and definitely link worth checking.
  • Google introduces real time search (video) - Google has unveiled its implementation of real time search, which will be going live soon. Now, whenever you search for a topic, you'll be able to see live updates from sites like FriendFeed and Twitter, enabling you to see what others have to say about what you're interested in (of course, you'll get updates from news sites, also). This feature is also handy for discovering important news that you didn't already know about. For example, Google showed a main story about GM's stabilizing car sales, but underneath, the real time search displayed an article about the CEO of the company stepping down.
  • Google unveils dedicated dictionary site - The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms. Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary. According to the LA Times, this new dictionary service pulls descriptions of words from a number of places, and even provides definitions from Wikipedia. This adds to Google's own database of word definitions, which is perfectly capable just by itself. 
  • Twitter inventor introduces free card payment system, Square - Twitter creator and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has introduced a new card payment system named Square. The payment system uses a small scanner that plugs into the headset port on mobiles and PCs and allows retailers to read the magnetic stripe information from credit cards. Users make a purchase by swiping the credit or debit card through the reader. Card owners can then use touch screen mobiles such as the iPhone or Android devices to sign for goods. Square creator Dorsey donned the stage at Le Web 09 this morning to confirm that the small card scanner will be made available for free.
  • Will 2010 (Finally) Be Blu-ray's Year? - PC World ponders the question: 'will 2010 finally be Blu-ray's year?'
  • Teen Creates N64 Emulator for iPhone (video) - check it out
  • Make an invisible bottle! (video) - Make a bottle disappear before your very eyes. Super easy experiment with amazing results!
  • Happy Tree Friends - Idol Curiosity - Its an all out crack attack! Sniffles continues to be plagued by his mysterious foe. Will he crack under the pressure?
  • First Early Teaser for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I will arrive in theaters on November 19th, 2010 next year.
  • If I Had One Hour to Live (pic) - I remember that ONE class that felt like it would never end. This pretty much sums that up :-)
  • 12 'Sexy' Ads That Will Give You Nightmares - Sex sells, but that doesn't mean that selling things using sex is easy. You figure a little cleavage can go a long way to sell cars or beer, but in the wrong hands a sexy ad can turn into the stuff nightmares are made of.
    Not even sexy nightmares, either.
  • 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer - check it out
  • Hot Elin Nordegren bikini pictures - So, if you've been following the whole Tiger Woods fiasco, you might have heard that Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren has finally left his ass. Or not. No one really seems sure. I don't know, nor do I really care. I'm just using this as a flimsy excuse to finally post these really hot Elin Nordegren bikini pictures, some of which also feature Elin Nordegren topless. I really don't know why Tiger would cheat on his wife...
  • Kate Beckinsale is Absolut Sexiness - Kate Beckinsale is one of the hottest female celebrities going, so it should come as no surprise that Absolut Vodka hired this sexy brunette to push their liquor.
  • Amazon Xmas Deals - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy & BD-Live) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $21) | Public Enemies [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $16.99)
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,07 2009 - tech
DiRT 2 Demo DX11 Performance and IQ preview - tech
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The chaps over at HardOCP have published their DiRT 2 Demo DX11 Performance and IQ preview, so if you want to know what DX 11 brings to the table and whether or not you are going to take a performance hit, this article should answer those questions and more. Here's a taster:
In this demo, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850 definitely had the performance advantage over their competitors. Using the same graphics options in the DX9 renderer, AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 5870 outperformed the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 by 23% at 2560x1600 with 8X MSAA and the highest possible in-game settings. Continuing the trend, the ATI Radeon HD 5850 outperformed the GeForce GTX 275 by about 21% at 2560x1600 in DX9 with 4X MSAA and maximum in-game graphics options.

On the NVIDIA side of the fence, the GeForce GTX 285 outran the GTX 275 by about 19% at 2560x1600 with 8X MSAA. Competition within the AMD’s products was less lop-sided. At 2560x1600 with 8X MSAA the Radeon HD 5870 was a hair under 5% faster than the Radeon HD 5850, and that difference was consistent at a variety of settings.

Now, the image quality enhancements in the DX11 renderer in the DiRT 2 demo did bring with them some degradation in performance. From what we’ve witnessed, the degradation was not so severe as to make the game unplayable using comparable settings, but there is a penalty nonetheless. It is interesting to note that, when running in DX11 with the accompanying performance hit, the Radeon HD 5870 still performed better than the GeForce GTX 285 running in DX9 mode. In fact, it was a touch over 13% faster.

Of course, this is not to say that performance on the NVIDIA based video cards was bad. On the contrary, it was quite good. We are looking at 8X MSAA at 2560x1600 being playable on the GTX 285, and 4X MSAA on the GTX 275. That is certainly an acceptable level of AA given the high resolution at which we tested. The only problem with the GeForce GTX 200 series of video cards in this game is that they do not support DX11. Thus, they do not benefit from the image quality enhancements available in the DX11 renderer
Star Trek Online Benchmarks - tech
(hx) 04:49 PM EST - Dec,07 2009 - Post a comment / read (1)
PC Games Hardware goes hands-on with Star Trek Online, including a little tech-check and some framerate data. Here's a bit:
The PC of Namco Bandai which we played on was equipped with a Core 2 quad Q8300, four GiByte RAM and a Geforce GTX 260. Taking a look at the Windows Task Manager after a longer gaming session confirmed what the developers told us already: Two cores were fully utilized while the remaining two cores weren't. Since only one test PC was available and we had limited time only, we stuck to benchmarks with highest and lowest graphics settings as well as FSAA and AF. The figure respectively our ship weren't moved to make sure the scene is reproducible.

As you can see on the benchmarks Star Trek Online was running smoothly on the test PC. With low details the performance of weaker systems can apparently be increased. Additional benchmarks revealed that the Geforce GTX 260 running high details with 4x or even 8x FSAA was just as fast as without Anti Aliasing.
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,06 2009 - tech
Gaming in 2010 and Beyond - Where do we go... - tech
(hx) 01:14 PM EST - Dec,06 2009 - Post a comment / read (4)
The chaps over at Tweaktown have pusblished an interesting article entitled 'Gaming in 2010 and Beyond - Where do we go from here?' Here's a taster:
So why was 2009 such a disappointing year for gaming? Well, one of the biggest reasons was the change of the guard with respects to Direct X. It looks like many developers held their breath while waiting on Microsoft, NVIDIA and AMD to drop the DX11 shoe. Out of those that did release games, most were stuck back on DX9 (a decision made to get the most money out of their titles). The only game of note that was DX10 (10.1) was from a company formerly known only for their benchmarking software. FutureMark released an online game called Shattered Horizon that not only uses DX10.1, but also had more than its share of firsts. In fact, the number of DX10 and 10.1 titles is still very short three years after the launch of Vista.

Sadly it seems that our investments into DX10 hardware have gone to waste. Game developers have either ignored it or only implemented halfhearted support for the feature set available there. This is a direct reflection on the poor market acceptance of Vista. After all, why spend the money on DX10 development if the majority of your potential purchasers are not using it?

But if DX10 has been overlooked by the developers, what then of DX11? Will we see a move towards this new standard? We know that Windows 7 has had a significantly better adoption rate and received far better reviews from the press (the same ones that slammed Vista), but as of today we are still only hearing about a handful of games that will be coming for DX11. Of these only Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a title really worth watching.

So how does TWIMTBP affect DX11 adoption? Well, the most important factor is the current lack of any DX11 hardware from NVIDIA. Because of this, NV is not going to dump a ton of money to develop games for their competitor. But while there are no DX11 based GPUs from NV, they are still dumping cash and resources into the development of games that use other features of NV GPUs like PhysX and 3D Vision. Once the DX11 parts are ready and in the channel then they should shift quite quickly to pushing DX11 support for games. In the end this is going to be good for gamers (as long as they do not lock out AMD GPUs), as it will help offset the cost of development and could mean less expensive (or at least the same price) games for us to abuse.

 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,05 2009 - tech
Saboteur ATI Freezing Issue Workaround - tech
(hx) 10:00 AM EST - Dec,05 2009 - Post a comment / read (6)
Saboteur has a nasty freezing issue (thanks VE3D) that affects most ATI users when opening menus and the quest journal, and transitioning between areas. Some ATI gamers are able to play using Windows XP, but even then there are often problems. Pandemic is investigating the problems in conjunction with ATI. Here's a intermittently-working workaround:
We are currently digging into the issue at hand & are working as fast as possible to find a solution. In some of our tests we have found one workaround that seems to allow users to run the game. Some have posted adjusting the affinity process via “Task Manager” but our fix truly puts the system in a 1 core mode and will allow you to run the game. Overall this is not a final fix, nor a perfectly stable fix, but it will allow you to run the game. This work around is entirely base upon CPU processing power & will possibly only work for certain systems.

Steps to turn off cores: (For Windows 7)
1.) Open MSCONFIG (You can open it by entering MSCONFIG in the search bar)
2.) Select the “Boot” tab
3.) Click on “Advanced Options”
4.) Check “Number of Processors”
5.) Select “1” from dropdown menu
6.) Click “Apply”
7.) Restart machine

Steps to turn off cores: (For Windows Vista)
1.) Open MSCONFIG – Start> Run > Type MSCONFIG
2.) Select the “BOOT.INI” tab
3.) Click on “Advanced Options…”
4.) Select the check box for /NUMPROC= set it to 1 & click “OK”
5.) Click “Apply”
6.) Restart machine
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,03 2009 - tech
TechNews - Intel Shows 48-core x86 Processor - tech
(hx) 08:53 PM EST - Dec,03 2009 - Post a comment
  • Intel Shows 48-core x86 Processor as Single-chip Cloud Computer - Intel unveiled a completely new processor design the company is dubbing the 'Single-chip Cloud Computer' (but was previously codenamed Bangalore). Justin Rattner, the company's CTO, discussed the new product at a press event in Santa Clara and revealed some interesting information about the goals and design of the new CPU. The 48 cores are arranged in 24 "titles" - what you can think of as 24 separate dual-core processors. These tiles are then connected via a 2D mesh network that can support up to 256 GB/s of bandwidth! There are four integrated DDR3 memory controllers (though no mention of how many channels each controller is) that can house as much as 64GB of total memory.
  • Intel roadmap leak shows desktop Core i3/i5/i7 plans - Intel's desktop roadmap for the next couple of quarters has been leaked and Electronista has the scoop, courtesy of Google-translated Japanese site Impress.
  • Galaxy GeForce GT 240 (DDR5) Graphics Card Tested - It is a slimmed-down version that features 96 stream processors and 8 ROPs. At the official core speed of 550 MHz, it is capable of processing up to 17.6 billion texels and 4.4 billion pixels per second. Officially, the GeForce GT 240 can either use 900 MHz DDR3, 1 GHz GDDR3 or 850 MHz GDDR5 memory, delivering anywhere from 28.8 GB/s to 54.4 GB/s of memory bandwidth. But Galaxy is never satisfied with sticking to the official specifications. Even though they are not officially calling this a factory-overclocked card, Galaxy gave their GeForce GT 240 (DDR5) card a slight boost in memory clock speed, going from 850 MHz to 900 MHz
  • Dell facing massive E6400 and E6500 overheating problem - Dell may have a serious issue on its hands with their E6400 and E6500 laptops. Hundreds of reports have been surfacing on the official dell support forums stating that they have had 'massive performance issues...'whenever the devices get slightly warm the BIOS automatically starts dialing down the performance until they basically crawl to a halt, some indicating that even when cool they won't go over 50% of maximum clock. The most prominent member of the Dell support forums, Tinkerdude, created a PDF entitled "Performance loss during normal operation in a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop due to processor and bus clock throttling" that explains in detail the problem and potential solutions. The user was banned after this PDF was posted to the forum which leads many to believe that Dell does not want this problem to be known publicly.
  • Microsoft Says Patch Isn't Cause Of Black Screen - InformationWeek reports that Microsoft denied a claim that its November security patch is among the possible causes of the black screen problems affecting some Windows users. On Friday, Prevx, a maker of antivirus software, attributed some of these black screen crashes to a recent Window operating system change that locked down Windows registry keys.But Microsoft insists that's just wrong.
  • How the Windows 7 start up animation evolved - Microsoft has published a Q&A with Rolf Ebeling, the man responsible for the Windows 7 start up animation.
  • Google Wants to Stream TV, For a Fee - Google wants to stream TV shows, the day after they air on TV, for $1.99 each. They are kidding right?
  • Google introduces Google Public DNS - Google has announced that today it is launching its own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS.
  • Ask a Ninja's Hilarious Review of Ninja Assassin - It's a definite must watch! His review: it's awesome! But he has more to say than just that. "This is like the Saving Private Ryan for ninjas!" Watch and enjoy!
  • The PC World 100: Best Products of 2009 - PC World listed the top 100 electronic products of 2009.
  • Apple testing next generation iPhone? - MacRumors claims Apple have begun field testing their new version of the iPhone. 
  • Arduino / ioBridge Christmas Lights (video) - The xmas-box has 8 Channels (power outlets) were different light modes modes can be played; vu meter style, ascending, descending, split, merge, sequence and random. During each song one of these modes is used randomly every 10 seconds (to make the show less monotonous).
  • Black Lightning Trailer - There is a Russian film produced by the same guy who brought us Wanted and its called Black Lightning. Timur Bekmambetov calls this the Russian response to Transformers and Batman.
  • Keith Ballard Injures His Own Goalie (video) - What's worse than giving up a goal to Ilya Kovalchuk? How about giving up a goal to Ilya Kovalchuk AND getting slashed in the head by your own defenseman? Believe it or not, that's what happened to Tomas Vokoun.
  • Trailer Mashup: Star Wars and Scarface - Scar Wars - The trailer takes the audio track of the Scarface trailer, some clever graphic manipulations, and clips from (mostly) Star Wars. Enjoy!
  • The Matrix: The Lego Edition (video) - Trinity Help is a frame-accurate stop-frame animation video of the bullet-dodge scene from The Matrix done entirely with Legos. Before you watch this video, know that 440 hours went into the creation of it!
  • Alessandra Ambrosio looks sexy on the cover of DT magazine - She's a seasoned pro when it comes to sassing it up for the camera and the latest photos of Alessandra Ambrosio definitely prove it. Posing for DT magazine, the 'Victoria's Secret' babe looked super sexy in bikinis and lingerie in a hot, desert setting.
  • Rachel Bilson Magazine Photos - Actress Rachel Bilson is featured in the Winter edition of ASOS Magazine and looks good, I suppose.
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,30 2009 - tech
Borderlands Gameplay Performance and IQ - tech
(hx) 07:08 PM EST - Nov,30 2009 - Post a comment / read (6)
The chaps over at HardOCP have played Borderlands on nine of the best video cards on the market. How well does the PC version of this co-op shooter perform on today’s hardware? Here's a taster:
At 2560x1600, the GeForce GTX 295 predictably dominated the entire pack, giving us stellar performance and a great gameplay experience. Of course, the Radeon HD 4870 X2, HD 5870, GeForce GTX 285, Radeon HD 5850, and GeForce GTX 275 gave us the same experience. They just did so at slightly a lower level of performance. In the mainstream segment, it is impossible to recommend any of the sampled video cards for use at 2560x1600. Performance was just not good enough, and the lengths we had to go to make it playable rendered the image quality subpar. Unfortunately, an apparent bug kept us from enabling 2X AA at 2560x1600 on the GeForce GTX 295, even though that video card should have been capable of it.

At 1920x1200, the GeForce GTX 285, Radeon HD 5850, and GeForce GTX 275 took great performance gains over 2560x1600. Even the GeForce GTS 250 was able to play Borderlands with maximum in-game settings at 1920x1200. Unfortunately, the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 were not as lucky. We were forced to lower image quality to make up some performance, but it was not as severe as it was at 2560x1600. Still, the price and performance advantage of the GeForce GTS 250 make it an impressive contender at 1920x1200.

Going down to 1680x1050, we had no problem playing with maximum in-game settings on any of the three mainstream video cards we tested at that resolution. The least expensive video card of the three, the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250, gave us the best performance for this game.

We saw only very small differences in CPU utilization between NVIDIA and AMD video cards. Overall, the AMD Radeon HD 5870 was more effective at balancing the CPU load across the cores of our quad-core Core i7 920 processor, but it didn’t translate into a gameplay advantage. There were larger differences in memory usage, but it was inconsistent. Sitting at the desktop, the system had more free memory with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 installed than with AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 5870 installed. But once under load, the GeForce GTX 285 consumed more memory than the Radeon HD 5870. In the end, the differences were so minor as to be inconsequential, but it is interesting to see the differences.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,28 2009 - tech
TechNews - Chrome OS boots quickly - tech
(hx) 12:49 PM EST - Nov,28 2009 - Post a comment / read (8)
  • ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Tested - The AMD 785G chipset brings support for DirectX 10.1, Windows 7 compatibility, and hardware-acceleration for certain kinds of video transcoding and graphics-intensive applications to the world of IGPs.
  • Radeon HD 5770, Radeon HD 4890, And GeForce GTX 275 Overclocked - Can you hit the performance level of the next-fastest GPU by overclocking your graphics card? What is the impact on power consumption? Can your cooler take the extra heat?
  • Chrome OS boots quickly from a USB thumb drive (video) - It boots in mere seconds and loads websites with the best of them!
  • Google Chrome OS - First Look - IT Pro take a first look at the compiled version of Google Chrome OS
  • Dell Employee Releases Custom Chrome OS for Mini 10v Netbook - Dell developer Doug Anson tinkered with the ChromiumOS open source code and got it to work with the Mini 10v. If you try it out, let me know what you think.
  • Thunderbird 3.0 RC Now Available - download here
  • TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 7 - TweakGuide posted their Tweaking Companion for Windows 7. It is written in plain English to help you genuinely understand all key aspects of Windows 7 and your PC
  • Mininova goes legit, deletes all illegal material - Mininova officially called it quits with illegally distributing copyright material on its site, and has introduced filters to block copyright content from being uploaded. The website is largely known as the second biggest public torrent tracker in the world, second to The Pirate Bay, which recently disabled their tracker, but remains operational using DHT and PEX. Mininova has been under a lot of pressure from court rulings to implement copyright filters or take the website offline. Last August, the courts ruled in favor against Mininova and up until now, the website has taken its time to implement filters into its uploading to prevent further prosecution.
  • China Warns About Return of Destructive Panda Virus - A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee. A rootkit burrows into a system to try to hide the existence of malware. The first Panda worm gained fame in China for switching the icons of infected files with an image of a panda holding three incense sticks. The same image would also flash across a victim's screen, but the worm's final goal was to install password-stealing Trojan horses.
  • US Air Force's Holiday Shopping Spree: 2,200 PlayStation 3s - Air Force is buying 2,200 PlayStation3s. They'll use them to build a Linux supercomputer, and not, mind you, to build a massive array of DIY PS3 grilles. They are not however already set when it comes to PS3 supercomputers. Their current one, made of 336 of the old-style consoles at a cost of $118,000, has already been used for a few applications not currently available on the regular stand-alone, non-supercomputer PS3. Those uses include, says Information Week, 'processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and ‘neuromorphic’ computing, or building computers with brain-like properties.'
  • The world's strongest beer and its boozy competitors - The 32% abv brew, called Tactical Nuclear Penguin (great name), takes over the mantle as the world's strongest beer from German concoction Schorschbraerm which weighs in at a measly 31% abv.
  • New Extended TV Trailer for Daybreakers - Lionsgate has debuted a one-minute TV trailer for the Spierig Brother's Daybreakers futuristic vampire movie:
  • Cancelled Family Guy Windows 7 Videos - Peter, patriarch of the Griffin household, tries his hardest to spell Windows 7.
  • Rihanna's Rated R Photos - Rihanna dropped her latest album, 'Rated R', yesterday and here are some of the album photos. As expected, Rihanna uses every bit of her sexuality in and on this album, which is appropriately titled.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,26 2009 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v195.62 - tech
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There are brand new GeForce 195.62 reference drivers out today for Windows XP, Windows XP x64 , Windows Vista/Windows 7 32-bit, and Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit. According to the release highlights, these new drivers support GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and the ION platform.
New in Version 195.62:
* Adds GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here. * Adds support for GeForce GT 240.
* Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
* Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
* Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10, and more.
* Includes numerous bug fixes including improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
* Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
Thursday Reading - Happy Thanksgiving! - tech
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Hey everyone, just wanted to wish you that celebrate it a Happy Thanksgiving! I love to say that! Yes. it is Thanksgiving Day. It seems like a turkey day to me. Turkeys are everywhere! :-D
  • Deus Ex 3 a PC Exclusive? - Bit-tech reports that the game is a cyberpunk prequel to the first game though and that it won't be getting a console release due to the complexity of the game, though the source of this information about the action/RPG sequel is not listed. If true, PC exclusivity would certainly be in line with Eidos Montreal's prior statement that Deus Ex 3 will be more like the original Deus Ex.
  • Star Wars Game Announce at VGAs - The 2009 Spike TV Video Game Awards on December 12 will feature the announcement of the next Star Wars game.(teaser trailer)
  • Blood Bowl Dark Elves Edition Available - This video game adaptation of Games Workshop's famous board game combines a fine balance of tactics and bone-crunching action! Blood Bowl Dark Elves Edition is available now and offers 2 radically different game modes, 9 different races, and much more.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Gets Major 360 Server Update - Valve has announced through the official Left 4 Dead blog that they've upgraded their infrastructure and added more dedicated servers. The result of this, according to them, is a lag free environment.
  • GoGamer's Black Friday Madness - GoGamer is having a huge Black Friday Madness Sale. Here's a small sample from the list of well over 100 items.
  • GoG.com adds BloodRayne 2 to DRM-free game line-up - This week the DRM-free website GoG.com reminds us that the games were pretty darn good by adding the 2005-released BloodRayne 2 to its game line-up. The Majesco-published action title is selling on GoG.com for $9.99 and comes with some extras like a screensaver, some artwork and the soundtrack to the game. Now go find a blindfold to put over your eyes whenever any Uwe Boll-directed movie shows up on the TV.
  • EA cuts prices 30 percent from all downloadable PC games until Monday - That means you can download and purchase Dragon Age: Origins from EA for just $34.96 during the sale. That price will also get you The Sims 3 and Need For Speed Shift during the sale. Other games with big price cuts include Mercenaries 2 for just $6.96, Warhammer Online for just $9.96, and the deluxe version of Dragon Age Origins for $45.46.
  • Amazon's Black Friday Deals - Dragon Age: Origins (save $12) || Polk Audio SurroundBar360° DVD Home Theater System (save $750.95) || Nokia E63-2 Unlocked (save $129.01) ||HP G60-530US 15.6-Inch Black/Silver Laptop - Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) (save $100)
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,25 2009 - tech
TechNews - Firefox has a CPU usage issue - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition with Stepping C3 Review - As a conclusion the AMD flagship proved to be a very competent package. The next step will be to see how well it copes against Intel's latest LGA1156 platform, but it sure made short work of the older S775-based quad core Q9450. With the C3 revision came a lower power consumption, but 125 watts is still on the high side. Other improvements included better overclocking capabilities and indeed from all I've seen the 965BE seems to hit 4 GHz with ease when paired with a decent air cooler.
  • Seven Cheap Full HD 22-inch Monitors Tested -  Acer X223HQ became the best monitor in this group despite the fact that its color interpretation is one of the worst in this review. ASUS VH222D is one of the Best Buy models because of good and balances performances paired with one of the lower price tags. LG W2243S-PF looks like a clear winner despite the fact that every video signal that is different from 16:9 ratio will display in 4:3 ratio. Two Samsung models look like victims of numerical system and mathematical calculations, but 2233SN is monitor with best viewing angles while 2243SN with its swivel feature can be interesting choice too. ViewSonic VA2213w is closest to average marks in this test, but with significant backlight breaching it cannot do much more than that.
  • HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2009 - HotHardware have posted their Holiday Gift Guide 2009
  • Core i7 iMacs showing up DOA - Consumers have been reporting issues with their brand new Apple i7 iMac's, some with a cracked screen casing, and others are reporting theirs are dead on arrival. This issue doesn't appear to be universal, only affecting some of the new iMac's, but is still enough of a problem to raise concern if you plan on purchasing one this Christmas. Engadget even reported having dead on arrival i7 iMac, that wouldn't even boot. Engadget isn't alone in this; they are among dozens of others who are reporting the same problems at Apple.com support forum.
  • Smoking Near Apple Computers Creates Biohazard, Voids Warranty! - In a rather bizarre situation reported on The Consumerist website, it turns out that smoking near your Apple computer is a bio hazard and voids the warranty!
  • Amazon Kindle update increases battery life by 85% - As posted on Amazon's website, the update is for the newest Kindle, and features two main improvements which were developed over about 6 months of testing and re-evaluation of the current firmware. First of which, there is now a native .PDF reader, helping people to read documents of that format without having to convert them. The second improvement is, as mentioned, a massive 85 percent boost in battery life - this means that now the Kindle can remain powered on for a solid 7 days with wireless enabled, up from the previous 4, according to Amazon. If wireless is switched off, the Kindle's battery life remains at the previous level of "up to two weeks", apparently.
  • Microsoft releases 'Fishbowl' Facebook Windows 7 application - Fishbowl is a WPF desktop application that uses the Facebook stream APIs to allow access to Facebook in a clean and impressive UI.
  • Firefox: Heat and the CPU Usage Problem - Firefox has a CPU usage issue and, consequently, can cause overheating problems in some laptops, particularly ultraportables.
  • Opera 10.10 Released -  This updated version features new 'Unite' technology, which allows users to share content directly between all of their own devices. Unite wraps both web browser and web server into a single package in an attempt to change the way users think about their browser. It's great that Opera Software understands the power of P2P like sharing between people. I dont want to have everything on sites like Facebook just so people can see them...
  • Microsoft Delays Open Source Release Windows 7 Tool - OSNews reports that Microsoft delayed the open source release of their Windows 7 USB/DVD tool
  • Noah Baumbach's Greenberg Trailer with Ben - Focus Features has just debuted the official trailer for Noah Baumbach's newest film Greenberg starring Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Messina, and Greta Gerwig. Word is: "A New Yorker named Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother and sparks with his brother's assistant named Florence (Greta Gerwig)." ocus Features is bringing Greenberg to theaters starting on March 12th, 2010 next year.
  • Awesome Interactive Trailer Application for Avatar - Fox has launched an interactive trailer for James Cameron's Avatar using some impressive new technology. The "trailer" is a desktop application which you must install that runs using Adobe Air! Head over to avatarmovie.com/air to download it!
  • Apple take a swipe at Verizon 2- Apple iPhone Ad- Did You See My Email? - Verizon began an ad-campaign in October for the Droid handset where it ran commercials entitled "iDon't", attacking the Apple iPhone. Now Apple has fired back with two new iPhone adverts showing how the iPhone can take calls and use the 3G internet at the same time, something that the Verizon network is unable to do. The end of the iPhone advert finishes simply with the question "can your phone and your network do that?"
  • Kevin Smith On Twilight: Wait Till Those Fangirls Turn 18 (video) - Kevin Smith gives his opinion about Twilight in the San Diego Comic Con 009.
  • Large Hadron Collider starts up, produces first collisions - After a series of complications and setbacks, the Large Hadron Collider sees its first particle-particle collisions after a weekend of furious activity.
  • Sarah Palin Book Signing - Interviews with Supporters - This is a perfect example of people following something not because it's what they believe in, but because it's what they WANT to believe in. I don't care if you're on the left, right, independent, whatever - research your choice! Know a little bit about the people who are responsible for your property and well-being!
  • Blowing up Toy Cars in Slow Motion (video) - What makes this little experiment so much fun is that our mini pyrotechnician friend captured the carnage 20 times slower than conventional video, giving us a crystal clear picture of every blast.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,21 2009 - tech
TechNews - Windows 8 is coming in 2012 - tech
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  • AMD Athlon 2 X3 435 CPU Tested - This CPU can be bought for about 80$ but is it worth it? I would personally go for the 620 which cost 20$ more but performs a bit better.
  • Intel P55 Motherboard Round-up - The MSI P55-GD65 strikes us as a great value at $160, and it felt like a significant step up again. The P55-GD65 offers an extra SATA port when compared to the ECS and Asrock boards, while there is also an additional Gigabit LAN controller present.
  • ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA1156 Motherboard Tested - From a physical standpoint, the Maximus III Formula is built using the same Xtreme Design concept as the P7P55D Deluxe. It has the same Xtreme Phase 16 + 3 phase power design, Stack Cool3+ PCB with two 2oz copper PCB layers, Anti-EMI & Anti-Surge Protection features, and obviously solid state capacitors throughout the board. A new feature that will enthrall everyone (if only briefly) is ROG Connect. By running a USB cable from the Maximus III Formula to a notebook, you can use the RC TweakIt software to make real-time frequency and voltage adjustments remotely.
  • Memory Prices To Drop Next Month? - According to anonymous industry insiders, you can expect a price drop on memory next month, just in time for the holidays. Wouldn't that be nice?
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Powerhouse Tested - The Radeon HD 5970 is simply the fastest, most powerful single graphics card available today.
  • ASUS Unveils New Eee PC, EeeTop and EeeBox Powered by NVIDIA ION - Asus unveils new Eee PC, EeeTop, and EeeBox powered by Nvidia Ion.
  • Android Powers 7-Inch Camangi WebStation Tablet (video) - This is a 7-inch tablet, so you get a big touchscreen and a virtual on-screen keyboard. The device gets loaded up with the Google Android 1.5 treatment and the 7-inch glass touchscreen display has a resolution of 800×480 pixels. Other features include integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD slot, 2-megapixel camera, secondary VGA webcam, and a USB port that could be used to add 3G connectivity.
  • Toshiba's JournE touch multimedia tablet (video) - It's dominated by the touchscreen display, but underneath there's support for a wide range of codecs (H.264, DivX, WMV), 802.11b/g WiFi, some online multimedia services like YouTube and Flickr, and some light internet duties thanks to Internet Explorer running on Windows CE 6.0 Pro.
  • Windows 8 is coming in 2012 - According to the latest roadmap from Microsoft, it would appear that Windows 8 will arrive sometime in 2012. This would follow a three year product cycle that would keep it in line with Vista and Windows 7 releases. The road map is clear about the targeted date and does not try to hide the fact that the code name is "Windows 8". Little else is known about the OS other than its targeted date of release.
  • Google Chrome OS available for download - When Google finally showed off their new OS yesterday there was a lot of skepticism about working in the cloud, offline applications and many other thoughts and concerns. The good news is that if you don't want to read others hands on impressions you can now download and install the OS yourself. A couple of things to note, firstly the download will only work in a VM environment, second, this is pre-beta software so expect crashes, bumps and a rough experience. In addition, Google Chrome OS hands-on can be found here.
  • Microsoft Office 2010 beta available on MSDN/TechNet - Microsoft has made the latest beta of Office 2010 available to MSDN and TechNet customers. The release follows news that Office 2010 beta builds have begun leaking from the software giant. It's widely expected that a public beta build of Office 2010 will be available this week. PCWorld has a handy FAQ just for you. Have fun!
  • Internet Explorer 9 to feature GPU acceleration - Internet Explorer 9 will use Direct2D to run page rendering on the graphics processor.
  • Is it OK to use OEM Windows 7 on your own PC? Don't ask Microsoft - Ed Bott posted an interesting article on the OEM version of Windows 7
  • Sky Player in Windows 7 Media Center now available (video) -  Neowin reports that Sky Player, Sky's online TV service, is now available to Windows Media Center UK users in Windows 7. The service will allow users access to Live TV, on demand content, movies and sport. Existing Sky TV customers will be able to purchase an online Sky Player multiroom subscription for £5 per month (currently on offer, normally £10). Customers with Sky Multiroom or Sky Broadband Unlimited will be able to access live channels for no extra charge. Non-Sky TV customers will require a monthly subscription that starts at £15 per month to the Base Entertainment Pack. In addition to the live channels, customers will also have access to on-demand programmes from channels they subscribe to.
  • Silverlight 4 beta now available - Microsoft have announced Silverlight 4 beta
  • Does Windows Mobile 6.5 need a stylus on the HTC HD2? (video) - The chaps over at PDA.pl has tried to answer the question which is troubling many - can one use applications not optimised for a capacitive touch screen on Windows Mobile 6.5? 
  • Flashy Full-Length Season of the Witch Trailer -  Lionsgate has debuted the full-length trailer for Season of the Witch starring Nic Cage and Ron Perlman. Lionsgate will be bringing Season of the Witch to theaters everywhere starting on March 19th, 2010 next year.
  • New Avatar Featurette on the Human Hardware - IGN has debuted a new featurette for James Cameron's Avatar today titled Human Hardware. It's actually a very impressive featurette looking at the design and development (and usage) of the various "hardware" that the humans use - as in, the badass mech AMP units (seen above), helicopters, gunships, and so on. 20th Century Fox is bringing James Cameron's Avatar to both IMAX and regular theaters in 3D around the world on December 18th.
  • The Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down for Good - TorrentFreak reports that The Pirate Bay has announced that the worlds largest BitTorrent tracker is gone for good. Although the site will remain operational for now, millions of BitTorrent users will lose the use of its tracker and will instead have to rely on DHT and alternative trackers to continue downloading.
  • New Trailer for Fox's Percy Jackson - Fox has quietly debuted yet another new trailer for Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
  • Turn Your Pistol Into An Assault Rifle - Oh well, this pistol-rifle system doesn't turn your semi-automatic pistol into a real assault rifle but it is close.
  • Yes, the 2010 Audi S4 can drift (video) - Here's a video of Ignacio Perez driving a new S4 equipped with the differential on the Jarama racecourse. You can see from the movie that Perez is intentionally pushing the car into drifts, throttle on oversteer that is a new element not available in previous Audis except the R8 prior to the Sport Differential. Enjoy.
  • iPhone Blower - Candles (video) - Yes, your iPhone can actually blow candles!
  • RoboBuilder Xmas Dance Routine (video) - It's never too early to start the xmas marketing campaign, and RoboBuilder is an attractive and affordable hobby robot kit :-)
  • Fitness - Killer 550 Rep Workout (video) - 11 Exercises x 50 Reps Each As Fast As Possible. Take the Challenge and Try and Beat Zuzana! :P
  • Leighton Meester's Lingerie Pictures - No doubt about it, Leighton Meester has a great career in front of her—but as evidenced by this photo, what's behind her isn't too shabby either. GQ magazine has released some outtakes from the Gossip Girl actress' super-sexy photo-shoot for them, and because it's weekend, you can check them out here
  • Bar Refaeli Lingerie Photos are Perfect! - Bar Refaeli continues to amaze me photoshoot after photoshoot and these tasteful lingerie photos are simply amazing!
  • Megan Fox Goes Spread Eagle in The New York Times! - These pictures are actually from the New York Times!
  • Amazon deals - Star Trek (Three-Disc +Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $20) || Fight Club [Blu-ray](save $19) || Kindle Wireless Reading Device || HP Pavilion DV6-1354US 15.6-Inch Black Laptop - Up to 4 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) (save $100) || HP G71-340US 17.3-Inch Black/Silver Laptop - Up to 4 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) (save $180) || Blu-ray Movie Madness: Up to 60% Off || Dragon Age: Origins (save $10)
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,19 2009 - tech
Google releases Chrome OS information - tech
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Today, Google has finally explained more about the OS, clearing things up. As posted on the official Google blog, Chrome OS is 'all about the web.' Another benefit to Chrome OS is the speed. Google has said that the current version boots in 7 seconds, which is pretty nippy compared to most operating systems out there!
First, it's all about the web. All apps are web apps. The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs.

Second, because all apps live within the browser, there are significant benefits to security. Unlike traditional operating systems, Chrome OS doesn't trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer. Furthermore, Chrome OS barely trusts itself. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot. While no computer can be made completely secure, we're going to make life much harder (and less profitable) for the bad guys. If you dig security, read the Chrome OS Security Overview or watch the video.

Most of all, we are obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds. Our obsession with speed goes all the way down to the metal. We are specifying reference hardware components to create the fastest experience for Google Chrome OS.

There is still a lot of work to do, and we're excited to work with the open source community. We have benefited hugely from projects like GNU, the Linux Kernel, Moblin, Ubuntu, WebKit and many more. We will be contributing our code upstream and engaging closely with these and other open source efforts. Google Chrome OS will be ready for consumers this time next year. Sign up here for updates or if you like building your operating system from source, get involved at chromium.org.


 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,17 2009 - tech
ATI Catalyst 9.11 adds Flash 10.1 support - tech
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ATI Catalyst 9.11 drivers are now out! The Catalyst 9.11 drivers support Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit and 32-bit and Windows XP 64-bit and 32-bit and they are the first Catalyst to bring official support for for the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta plug-in. Unlike Adobe, which recommends using Flash 10.1 only with Radeon HD 3000- or 4000-series cards and 9.11 Catalysts, AMD says folks with Radeon HD 5800- and 5700-series GPUs can go nuts, too. Grab them if you need them.
Modern Warfare 2 - 23 Graphics Cards Tested - tech
(hx) 08:31 AM EST - Nov,17 2009 - Post a comment
The chaps over at Guru3D have published a Modern Warfare 2 VGA Graphics Performance Review, featuring image quality comparisons and a VGA chart ranging from monitor resolution 1280x1024 up-to 2560x1600. Here's a bit:
As the results have shown, for very little money you can play this game with any reasonably modern graphics card. An outdated graphics engine surely ensures that a large user base can play the game, all I can say to infinity Ward is 'job well done' The game does still look good, but yes .. we'll also acknowledge that it could have been better.

Gameplay wise I adore this series and I can't wait for MF3 for that matter. The single player campaign is playable in 5 to 10 hours fairly easy, which certainly is a little short. But then you can choose other modes (Spec Ops) or go hunt each other down in the now totally steam bound multiplayer. The one downside of the game (on the multiplayer side) is that it is tied to Steam -- which brings along too many limitations.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,16 2009 - tech
First Windows 7 Zero-Day Exploit Confirmed - tech
(hx) 08:40 AM EST - Nov,16 2009 - Post a comment
Microsoft confirmed the existence of an unpatched zero-day vulnerability that affects Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2, though they are downplaying the risk.
Attacks could be aimed at any browser, not just Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft warned. After tricking users into visiting a malicious site or a previously-compromised domain, hackers could feed them specially-crafted URIs (uniform resource identifier), and then crash their PCs with malformed SMB packets.

Microsoft said it may patch the problem, but didn't spell out a timetable or commit to an out-of-cycle update before the next regularly-scheduled Patch Tuesday of Dec. 8. Instead, the company suggested users block TCP ports 139 and 445 at the firewall. Doing so, however, would disable browsers as well as a host of critical services, including network file-sharing and IT group policies.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,15 2009 - tech
TechNews - Most People Want Free Websites, TV - tech
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  • AMD and Intel Announce Settlement of All Antitrust and IP Disputes - Intel Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices AMD today announced a comprehensive agreement to end all outstanding legal disputes between the companies, including antitrust litigation and patent cross license dispute.
  • Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ 896MB Razor Edition Video Card Tested - Single slot cards really have their place in the market, especially higher end ones with native HDMI. Be it for a home theater system with a small case or a system where the slot next to your video card is needed, there's people who are going to want this model.
  • Gigabyte GTX260/275, HD 5870 Graphics Cards Tested - XBT Labs posted a review on the Gigabyte GTX260/275, HD 5870 Graphics Cards
  • Samsung Spinpoint F1 (HD103UJ) 1TB Hard Disk Drive Tested - The only disadvantages are the low lifetime rating of 50,000 load/unload cycles, and the short 1 year warranty
  • Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - LifeHacker have put together a guide to dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 download tool may have violated GPL - Microsoft tonight issued an update on the reports that the company used open source code in their Windows 7 USB/DVD tool, illegally. I originally reported earlier this week that Microsoft had pulled the tool after complaints by Rafael Rivera over some of the content of the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.
  • Microsoft announces Exchange Server 2010 availability - Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop announced that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide. He has announced the release of Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. Forefront provides better anti-spam and multi server management tools. Exchange 2010 is now available for MSDN and TechNet customers, a trial edition is available at here.
  • Office 2010 Public Beta Leaked to BitTorrent - As can be expected, the public beta for Microsoft Office 2010 has been leaked to the web via BitTorrent a week before its expected unveiling. Both 32- and 64-bit versions are available with plenty of seeds. The build, numbered version 14.0.4514.1009, is tagged with the "beta 2" naming. The leak reportedly requires keys to install but accepts Office 2010 Technical Preview keys.
  • Google Chrome OS to launch within a week? - It is expected the the first release of Google OS will not run on standard laptop and desktop computers, but will run on set of Google OS endorsed devices such as select netbooks. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the Chrome OS project. Only time will tell if this release rumor pans out, but if true the next week should be interesting if Google does in fact launch their operating system and how the technology community reacts to the new OS.
  • Bill Gates praises Steve Jobs for saving Apple -
  • YouTube to get high-def 1080p player - At the NewTeeVee Live conference on Thursday, YouTube director of product management Hunter Walk announced that the video-streaming service is getting a new high-quality streaming option: full HD, or '1080p' resolution. The current 'high-quality' option, when available on YouTube videos, is 720p, referring to the number of horizontal scan lines that make up the image. Walk said the new resolution, as well as a new full-screen player, will roll out to all users within days.
  • Most People Want Free Websites, TV and Music - New York magazine conducted an old fashioned sidewalk survey asking people what types of media they would pay for and how much:  Few of those polled are willing to pay for The New York Times. Asked whether they subscribe to the paper, 79 said no. Asked how much they would be willing to pay to read the paper online, 63 percent said "nothing." To the question of how charging a fee to read the paper online would affect The Times, 65 answered that it would make it less successful.
  • Adobe Laying Off Almost 700 Workers - Adobe is laying off another 680 workers as part of a new restructuring plan.
  • Blockbuster to Offer Movies on SD Cards - Starting this Friday, Blockbuster started a trial program that allows people to download movie from its kiosks straight onto SD cards. What do you think? Do you like the idea or not?
  • UK O2 users now able to unlock iPhones - O2 confirmed today that from November 10 all O2 customers in the UK will be able to unlock their iPhone devices for use on other networks. The unlock will be free for pay monthly customers at any time during their contracts but O2 will charge a one-off £15 fee for Pay & Go unlocking at the end of 12 months after purchase. O2 customers can complete an unlocking form and O2 will unlock the device within 14 days.
  • Harry Potter's Cloak of Invisibility in the works - Researchers at Imperial College hope to create a cloak from a new material that can manipulate light. Normally, when light hits an object, it bounces off the surface and into the eye, making the object visible. The invisibility cloak made from 'meta-material' would work by 'grabbing hold' of light waves and making them flow smoothly around an object, in the same way that water in a river flows round a stick. Putting the cloak on would render the wearer invisible to the human eye.
  • Driving footage of the Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS! - The $385,000 car in the video sticks to the sidewalks so there aren't any shenanigans, but it's not a bad looker!
  • Extended Family-Focused TV Spot for Avatar - Fox put together a more family friendly TV spot for James Cameron's Avatar that sells it much more like Star Wars or an animated space adventure for kids (or something like that). At first I thought this was kind of cheesy, but actually, it's kinda fun to see. 20th Century Fox is bringing James Cameron's Avatar to both IMAX and regular theaters in 3D around the world on December 18th.
  • Real Trailer for Mid-Air Monster Movie 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 distributed in Canada by Alliance Films, but they don't have a US distributor yet.
  • Eric Cartman Is Simply Asking Questions, Glenn Beck Style (video) - This week's episode of South Park hits upon pretty much every single thing that is relevant in today's world: American patriotism, the rise of Glenn Beck, the tribulations of elected office and smurfs.
  • Fey and Carell's Date Night Trailer Online - Tina Fey and Steve Carell are staring together in a comedy called Date Night and the trailer is now online.
  • Pixar Intro Parody (video) - Beware of adorable, homicidal lamps!
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Need for Speed SHIFT Gameplay Performance and IQ - tech
(hx) 08:27 PM EST - Nov,10 2009 - Post a comment / read (5)
HardOCP's Need for Speed SHIFT Gameplay Performance and IQ evaluation offers an exclusive first look at the performance in Need for Speed SHIFT using a new patch due out at the end of this month. Here's a taster:
2560x1600 - In the high end at 2560x1600, the Radeon HD 5870 positively soared well above and beyond our expectations and beyond the competition as well. It allowed us to use a truly impressive 24X CFAA at 2560x1600, while its competition could muster only 8X MSAA. In the performance class, the Radeon HD 5850 beat out the GTX 285 and GTX 275, allowing us a higher level of AA. Finally, in the mainstream, the Radeon HD 5770 let us enable 4X MSAA, while the HD 5750 and GeForce GTS 250 could handle no AA at all.

1920x1200 - Moving down to 1920x1200, the Radeon HD 5850 led the performance pack with 24X CFAA, while the GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 275 topped out at 16xQ CSAA. In spite of some performance headroom, there was just nowhere higher to go at 1920x1200. The mainstream class performed admirable as well. The Radeon HD 5770 allowed 12X CFAA, the HD 5750 allowed 8X MSAA, and the GeForce GTX 250 let us use an impressive 16X CSAA. Of the three, 12X CFAA offers the best edge smoothing, so the HD 5770 gave us the very best experience, though all video cards we tested at this resolution performed beautifully.

1680x1050 - At 1680x1050, the Radeon HD 5770 topped out at 24X CFAA. The HD 5750 gave us 12X CFAA and the GeForce GTS 250 gave us 8X MSAA. Obviously, the HD 5770 is the best performer here, and since it is also the most expensive, we fully expected it to be. The GTS 250 is still a great performer in a great many games, but since the HD 5770 and HD 5750 are DX11 video cards with more memory and room to grow as drivers mature, it is difficult to recommend a GTS 250 anymore.
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