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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,21 2007 - tech 
Bioshock PC Demo DirectX 10 Performance - tech
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AMDZone has BioShock PC demo DirectX 10 performance:
At 1280X1024 we are pushing a good deal more pixels than the Xbox 360 does. As you can see the 8800GTX is a monster here powering over 70 frames per second. The 8800GTS cards are tied at 50 fps which is nothing to sneeze at, and indicates that the extra memory won't do much for you here. If you reference our Rainbow Six Vegas tests from back in December you will see similar numbers for the 8800s. It is hard to believe it has taken 8 months to get another Unreal 3 engine game on the PC, but it has. Switching to the cooler running 8600s you see a large drop off in performance. The 8600GTS manages just 22 fps, and the 8600GT OC can only do 16. Clearly if you have one of these cards then you may want to drop your resolution and some of the quality settings.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,19 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs - tech
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  • Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs for the desktop - Those chips will include three quad-core 'Yorkfield' models clocked at 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, and 2.83GHz, as well as four dual-core 'Wolfdale' offerings running at 2.66GHz, 2.83GHz, 3GHz, and 3.16GHz.
  • Overclocking the G0 SLACR Q6600 to 4GHz - It clearly lives up to the hype!
  • Kingston DDR3-1066MHz Tested - The performance was quite OK even on default settings, but this is just not enough reason to recommend it, bearing the unreal price in mind.
  • Zalman ZM-600 HP 600 watt Heatpipe Cooled PSU tested - Overall the Zalman power supply is a very good first step at high Output quiet operating power supply in our opinion. It has enough honest power to handle most modern system configuration including those that feature SLI or CrossFire
  • Intel ships long-awaited graphics drivers (965 chipsets) - Owners of PCs with Intel's 965 chipsets can finally download drivers that will immediately improve the performance of games running on those systems.
  • AC3Filter 1.46 - AC3Filter (download) is a high quality free audio decoder and processor filter. It allows media players to playback movies with AC3 and DTS audio tracks
  • VistaTweaker 0.3 Beta - VistaTweaker is a complete tweaking utility designed for windows vista in mind. Its easy to use and provides descriptions for every tweak and setting
  • HD Photo Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop - This is an updated Windows BETA release of the HD Photo file format plug-in for Adobe Photoshop software. This BETA version will expire after December 31, 2007
  • How Ninja Work - Who were the real ninja? Where did they come from, and what purpose did they serve?
  • 4 Tips to Extend Your Lithium Battery Life - If you have a laptop or any portable device, read over these tips that can help you ensure a long, healthy battery life.
  • Harold and Kumar 2 (2008) Trailer - The film is planned for release in 2008 with John Cho and Kal Penn returning as the duo of stoners and Paula Garcés as Harold's love interest Maria.
  • Phone Sex In An Elevator (video) - check it out
  • Female vs Male (video) - You'll be amazed at the origin of female vs. male!
  • Myleene Klass sexy photoset - Myleene Klass is one sexy hot multi-talented celebrity. She is a British classical pianist, commercial model, television and radio presenter, and former member of the UK pop group Hear'Say.
  • Hilary Swank - Esquire Photoshoot - Hilary Swank is hot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,17 2007 - tech
TechNews - GF9800 will be as quiet as a mouse! - tech
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  • AMD's RD790 chipset to lack RAID 5 support - AMD has stripped RAID 5 support from the SB700 south bridge that will accompany its upcoming high-end RD790 chipset
  • Intel Prepares X38 Express Launch - The X38 Express will succeed the aging 975X Express as Intel's flagship enthusiast chipset. It will support PCI Express 2.0, dual 16-lane PCI Express x16 slots, and DDR3 memory. Motherboards based on the X38 Express chipset should show up in retail in early September, according to motherboard vendors
  • Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core Tested - If you are simply looking for a Quad-Core at the best price, you cannot go wrong with this one. It retails for $260 - $270 and offers four cores at a very respectable clock speed.
  • The GeForce GF9800 will be as quiet as a mouse - GeForced money making chip designed Nvidia has worked in silence and solitude and managed to tape out its upcoming high-end-oriented G92 chip on schedule. The 65nm part is set to power the high-end models of the GeForce 9 series and will bring PCI-Express 2.0 support for Nvidia cards
  • DirectX 10.1 Requires No New GPU - Microsoft's Sam Glassenberg said that "DirectX 10.1 fully supports DirectX 10 hardware. No hardware support is being removed. It's strictly a superset. It's basically an update to DirectX 10 that extends the hardware functionality slightly."
  • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 8.3.1.1009 - Installs Windows INF files to properly configure many Intel motherboard chipsets
  • Recuva v1.03.100 - From the makers of CCleaner. Recuva (download) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players.
  • Office 2007 SP1 preview received by testers, leaked on the web  - The name of the release - Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 v12.0.6207.1000 suggests it is the real thing so Microsoft might get more unofficial feedback on the Technical Preview.
  • BitTorrent Anime Downloaders Identified, $3500 Bill in the Mail - A company that distributes Japanese animated cartoons has tracked down thousands of BitTorrent users it accuses of breaching their copyrights and has successfully forced their ISPs to reveal their identities. Next step - threatening letters: "Pay Us $3,500 or Else"
  • Three Indicted On Software Piracy Charges - The U.S. Department of Justice indicted three Florida men for selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit software through several web sites. The men operated BuysUSA.com, CDSalesUSA.com, AmericanSoftWareSales.com, TheDealDepot.net, and BestValueShoppe.com.
  • Bug brings down Skype network - Users of Skype are able to log on and use the free service again after a software bug hit the popular program.
  • Compact disc hits 25th birthday - Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany. Makes me wonder what will be the storage medium of choice two decades from now...
  • The Dirty Dozen Credit Card Traps  - Everyone in the industry wants to sell you a credit card. Don't be fooled by the offers.
  • U.S. gives Israel another $30,000,000,000  - US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns has signed a deal that will provide Israel with $30bn of military aid over the next 10 years.
  • German Scientists Declare Speed of Light Broken - According to modern physics, the speed of light is a fundamental, unbreakable limit. Yet two physicists are now claiming they have done just that, and propelled a stream of photons faster than the speed of light.  Günter Nimtz and Alfons Stahlhofen of the University of Koblenz, Germany, have been researching a phenomenon known as quantum tunnelling The two scientists say they have now tunneled photons "instantaneously" across a distance of up to one meter.
  • 2008/2009 BMW M3: Production Model Revealed - This powerplant pumps out 420hp and 295 lbs-ft of torque from its 4.0 liters of displacement
  • Laser Espionage Microphone (video) - Video on how to make a simple laser listening device which can hear inside buildings hundreds of yards away. Very cool!
  • Huge Iceberg Rotates in Water (video) - This would be a bad place to go swimming!
  • Pirate's Computer (pic) - check it out
  • Great New Hi-Res Images from The Dark Knight - A slew of photos from The Dark Knight
  • Jacobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy (video) - The mysterious movement of this ancient toy still fascinates kids and adults alike.
  • Resurrecting the Champ Trailer -  It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Alda, and Josh Hartnett, among others. It was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • What Are These Guys Thinking? (pic)  - check it out ;)
  • Eating a Peanut (pic) - Peanutjob :P
  • Teri Hatcher - Badgley Mischka Ads - I say congrats to Teri for looking that good and being over 40 and landing such a big campaign.
  • Ivanka Trump Photos from Stuff - The business-minded blonde is showing the world that you can infact have both brains and beauty.
  • The Sexiest Woman Alive...Esquire Keeps You Guessing - Do you know who it is? Post the answer in comments :P
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,15 2007 - tech
TechNews-Core 2 E6850: The Sweetest CPU of All - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,14 2007 - tech
TechNews - MS Security Updates for August 2007 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,13 2007 - tech
TechNews - ATi Catalyst 7.8 Drivers - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,12 2007 - tech
DirectX 10 Hardware Won't Work with DX10.1 - tech
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The Inquirer reports that Microsoft stated at the annual Siggraph conference that DirectX 10.1, the upcoming next version of Microsoft's graphics API which is part of Vista Service Pack 1, will have new features that will not be able to be used on the current high-end PC graphics cards (GeForce 8800/Radeon 2900).
Here's the thing. DX10 hardware - such as the GeForce 8800 or the Radeon 2900 - won't work with the new 10.1 features. The 0.1 revision requires completely new hardware for support, thus royally cheesing off many gamers who paid top whack for their new hardware over the last few months on the basis of future game compatibility.

But these gamers shouldn't fret too much - 10.1 adds virtually nothing that they will care about and, more to the point, adds almost nothing that developers are likely to care about. The spec revision basically makes a number of things that are optional in DX10 compulsory under the new standard - such as 32-bit floating point filtering, as opposed to the 16-bit current. 4xAA is a compulsory standard to support in 10.1, whereas graphics vendors can pick and choose their anti-aliasing support currently.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,11 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows XP SP3 Beta Leaked - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,09 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows Vista Performance Updates - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,08 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD To Cut Athlon 64 X2 Prices? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,06 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD's Opteron 3.2GHz Tested - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,05 2007 - tech
TechNews - Single core still rules the gaming world - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,03 2007 - tech
TechNews - Microsoft Works Goes Free - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,01 2007 - tech
TechNews - DirectX 10.1 preview - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,30 2007 - tech
TechNews - Vista performance patches to testers - tech
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  • OCZ PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Kit Tested - As its name suggests, this memory kit is a member of the company's low latency Platinum XTC line, and it offers and impressive package that boasts 4GB (2GB x 2) of memory rated at 800MHz with relatively tight 5-4-4-15 timings.
  • Asus EN8800GTS (NVIDIA 8800GTS) 320MB - This card is indeed a DX10 graphics card -- and it will be powerful enough to at least handle a share of DX10 titles. However, as all NVIDIA 8800GTS cards goes, it runs quite hot -- therefore a better aftermarket cooler is always recommended, whether you are overclocking, concerned about noise, or just want to bring the temperatures down.
  • Diamond's Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB graphics card tested - The 1GB GDDR4 version of the Radeon HD 2900 XT wasn't significantly faster than the original.
  • IOGEAR releases 4-port HDMI switch - Ships now for $189.95, including a bonus 6-foot HDMI cable.
  • Microsoft releases Vista performance patches to testers - Microsoft has released to Windows Server 2008 beta testers two new hot-fix packs for Vista.
  • DOSBox 0.71 - DOSBox (download) emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, a SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility with older games.
  • Google in Danger from Wikipedia? - Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said last week that he is currently working on a community developed web search service that will rival Google and Yahoo.
  • Xbox 360 price cut dated? - A couple of flyers posted over at Joystiq suggest that a $50 price cut will be applied to the $399 Xbox 360 Premium console as early as August 12—just in time for Madden '08.According to GamesIndustry, Microsoft will not comment on the rumors that a $50 price cut is coming.
  • Nuclear Power Around the World  - The map shows the countries with some level of nuclear capacities and how far developed these capacities are, ranging from no plants to already constructing multiple new plants, this map covers it all.
  • The End of the World - Hah!
  • Man is chain-sawed in half and continues to move! (video) - Anyone have any idea how he does this? :-)
  • The World at Night (photo) - check it out
  • Non-Magic T-Shirt Reveals Harry Potter's Ending (spoiler!) - The Harry Potter Enlightenment Project has produced a spoilsport T-Shirt that will make children cry and their parents call you every name under the sun. See Cho (Katie Leung) revealing it all - and yes, she's hot.
  • Emily Scott in Ralph Magazine - check it out
  • Gemma Atkinson bikini and lingerie set - very sexy!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,29 2007 - tech
TechNews - The Fate of Thunderbird - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,27 2007 - tech
TechNews - G92 to be launched in November - tech
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Happy SysAdmin Day! Friday, July 27th, 2007, is the 8th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,26 2007 - tech
TechNews - Overclocking Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,24 2007 - tech
TechNews - What will Windows 7 look like? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,23 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD to release Athlon X2 6400+ - tech
(hx) 10:30 AM EDT - Jul,23 2007 - Post a comment
  • AMD to release Athlon X2 6400+ - In testing, performance of the 6400+ is 10-15% below the E6850, and the CPU has limited overclock capability, said the sources, who also pointed out that the price gap compared to the E6850 is not huge.
  • OCZ 4GB PC2-6400 Platinum Edition - This particular kit retails for $279.99 an offers better timings then the competition that is more expensive, has some overclocking-ability and also has a lifetime warranty.
  • Samsung SyncMaster 971P (Black) LCD Monitor Tested - The SyncMaster 971P has 178-degree viewing angles and a fairly high 1500:1 contrast ratio. But it's not without its faults either.
  • ASUS Overclocking Championship 2007 Video - Check out the fun footage of the ASUS Overclocking Championship held in Singapore!
  • ATI Catalyst 7.7 Performance Analysis - TweakTown has their regular analysis of the new ATI drivers, but this time had some rather surprising things to say on the subject: "We wouldn’t recommend these drivers to someone we didn’t like, we don’t know what’s going on this month but the AMD driver gods have not been nice to us."
  • Microsoft Releases SLI and CrossFire HotFix (KB936710) for Vista - It looks like Nvidia & ATi were not the only guilty parties in the Multi-GPU issues, but Windows Vista was implicated, too.
  • ReactOS 0.3.3 RC1 Released - The ReactOS project has released the first release candidate for version 0.3.3 of their Windows NT-inspired operating system.
  • iPhone Flaw Lets Hackers Take Over - A team of security consultants, employed by a company called Independent Security Evaluators, say they have found a flaw in Apple’s iPhone that allows hackers to take control of the device.
  • How to shut up a crying baby - Great one! The video says that sounds in the 6,000-8,000 Hertz range captivate babies attentions, and that this only works for 6 out of 10 babies.
  • Final 'Harry Potter' Sells 8.3 Million Copies (US) in 24 Hours - In its first 24 hours on sale, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment in the wildly popular series by J.K. Rowling that officially went on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, sold a record 8.3 million copies in the United States, according to Scholastic Inc., the book's publisher.
  • South Park’s Warcraft Episode Up For Emmy - Funny episode, but I am a little surprised they are willing to give an award to an episode with visible defecation occurring in it.
  • Strangest - Greatest Commerical Ever! (video) - Awesome commercial! :-D
  • Die Hard 4 Exclusive Trailer - The new trailer for Live Free or Die Hard, the next installment of Bruce Willis' Detective John McClane action series, has hit the web!
  • Mischa Barton HQ pictures - check it out - yummi!!!
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