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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,07 2009 - tech 
TechNews - Firefox to Auto-Update Flash Player - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU Review - Every time AMD releases a new processor, one question is on the tip of the tongues of enthusiasts everywhere: Is this the product to finally take the performance crown from Intel? I have to say that the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU isn't that product. This latest CPU from the green machine is simply a revision to the previous Phenom II X4 955 CPU. As we know this line of processors is still only able to compete with Intel's Core 2 Quad line of CPUs, rather than take on Intel's Core i7 beast.
  • Next Firefox Update to Auto-Update Flash Player - PCWorld reports that Mozilla's next update for Firefox, slated to ship Tuesday, will check for outdated versions of Flash Player, a frequent target of hackers, the company said on Friday. The move is the open-source browser maker's opening salvo against out-of-date, open-to-attack plug-ins from vendors like Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and Sun.
  • WordPress Blogs Falling Prey to Worm - ZDNet warns of a worm that is circulating that can post malware and spam to some WordPress blogs using older versions of the software. If you use WordPress, make sure you update to the latest version.
  • Google's Mystery UFO Doodle Finally Explained - You know you are a dork when you actually care enough to find out why Google put a UFO on its logo
  • AT&T to release iPhone MMS on September 25 - AT&T recently announced it will be launching Multimedia Messaging Service or MMS to the iPhone on September 25, 2009. The long awaited update to the iPhone, since its announcement of the 3.0 firmware back in May, was to bring MMS to the iPhone. AT&T said it planned to launch the service by the end of summer. AT&T said the reason for not launching the MMS service in June was to see if their network could handle the increase in traffic. The last couple of months, AT&T has been upgrading their network to handle the increase in traffic once MMS goes live, saying there will be an "exponentially increase traffic."
  • Sci-Fi Plot Revealed for Stallone's Rambo V: The Savage Hunt -  Just a few days ago news broke confirming that the fifth installment of Sylvester Stallone's Rambo series had been greenlit by Nu Image / Millennium Films and was already in the works (and even hard a storyline about human trafficking across the Mexico border). Now AICN's Harry Knowles just had a conversation with Mr. Stallone himself in which he reveals the shadows of what will become Rambo 5.
  • First Clash of the Titans On-Set Footage! -  MTV debuted the first bit of footage from Clash of the Titans last night, but it's a behind-the-scenes set visit video, so there's no finished footage. It features on-set interviews with Sam Worthington, Liam Cunningham, Mads Mikkelsen, and Gemma Arterton. There is a lot of awesome action, though, and it looks pretty badass.
  • Apple store robbed in 31 seconds - Apple stores are known for their clean, modern, and user friendly layouts. What is also now known is that these stores can be picked clean by robbers in under 31 seconds. At the Sagemore, New Jersey Apple Store, a brick, 5 people and 31 seconds later 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods were stolen while the security guard was away.
  • Man driving 75 mph while reading novel (video) - Man reads novel while driving 75 mph on Highway 10 near Palm Springs, CA
  • Insane Woman Hates Skateboarders (video) - A group of rollerblading enthusiasts are confronted by an angry woman. And that's saying it nicely. You gotta love the fourth thing she says they did wrong: "You've been yelled at!"
  • Adrianne Curry Topless on Twitter - If you haven't gotten into Twitter, or don't understand what it's good for, that's actually a good thing, because here's the thing about the people who love Twitter at first sight: They are narcissists :-)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt FHM Photos - Jennifer Love Hewitt is on the cover and in the pages of the September issue of FHM Germany. Jen looks good as usual.
  • Shakira Hot In Vanity Fair - Now, I know the photoshoot is pretty safe and not racy at all but I think she is hot as hell so they definitely deserve to be posted.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,03 2009 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7 Mania - tech
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  • 4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast - They are giving the OCZ Vertex Turbo Series drive a strong recommendation.
  • Western Digital announces 2TB Black HDD - Western Digital announced that it's now shipping 2-terabyte 7200 RPM drives for hardware enthusiasts and workstation PCs, the WD Caviar Black 2TB and the WD RE4 2TB respectively. Both drives sport 64MB of cache, 500GB platters, 3Gb/sec SATA, and 5-year warranties, with the Caviar Black 2TB retailing for $299 (pricing for the RE4 2TB wasn't announced.
  • Windows 7: Understanding Windows 7 upgrade paths - There are a couple more things worth noting here. While you can't perform a direct update from Windows Vista Home Basic or Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, there is simple a workaround: You can run an in-place upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, and then use Windows Anytime Upgrade to move up to Professional for an additional $90. The total upgrade cost amounts to $210, which is $10 more than a direct upgrade but still better than buying a full Professional license at $300.
  • Throw a Windows 7 house party and get a free copy - Microsoft is looking for some Windows 7 fans to throw launch parties between October 22-29. You can apply for the competition and if selected you'll not only receive a special "Signature Edition" of Windows 7 Ultimate but your very own Windows 7 Party Pack - woo! Microsoft wants you to hold parties in the following countries: Australia, Italy, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, USA, Hong Kong, UK and India. If you're interested in throwing a party then apply now as spaces are limited.
  • Windows 7 Enterprise 90 Day Evaluation Now Available - For those of you that haven't downloaded a 'try before you buy' version of Windows 7 yet, you only have a limited time left to do so. Microsoft is offering a 90 day trial version of Windows 7 but there are only a limited number of licenses are available "while supplies last."
  • Windows 7 will give your laptop longer battery life - When comparing two identical laptops one with Windows XP SP2, the other with Windows 7, the Windows 7 machine was able to last 1.4 hours longer than the XP machine while playing a DVD.
  • Opera 10 is Out - Yeap, that's right. True to its word, Opera has gone ahead and made the public, final version of its latest release available worldwide, bringing some slick new changes which are bound to make some folk rather happy. It took a surprisingly short time for Opera to bring their browser from Release Candidate to the release version... the RC was out on August 25, and of course, it's only September now, so the pre-release version had been out on the market for less than a week. Here are some of the improvements found, which were in the Release Candidate version (but of course are in the final, too):
  • Skype Spy Trojan Escapes into Wild - Only days after Swiss programmer Ruben Unteregger released the source code for a Trojan he wrote three years ago to hack Skype phone calls, the inevitable has happened -- someone has released it as a compiled piece of 'faux' malware
  • Snow Leopard Incompatibilities - Incompatibilities with Apple software? Surely you must be kidding, I could swear the motto was something like "it just works." ;-)
  • Sneak Peek at Firefox Mulitouch - Mozilla intern Felipe Gomes is showing off multitouch support for Firefox.
  • Windows Phones set to launch on October 6 - Microsoft has taken the wraps off its Windows Phone schedule today with the confirmation of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices for October 6, 2009. Microsoft re branded Windows Mobile to Windows Phone earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress. The idea is to re-focus marketing on the products so that consumers are not confused at what they are purchasing and that they are aware they have a Windows powered phone. 
  • Buster Bros to Burst Bubbles on Apple iPhone (video) - The great thing about the Apple iPhone and other similar handhelds is that they provide the perfect platform for gaming nostalgia. If you go back into the 80s and 90s, you'll find that the arcade cabinets of the day were no more powerful than what we hold in our smartphones today. Well, another classic is on its way to the App Store and bubble-attackers couldn't be happier :-)
  • Beautiful Trailer for Chow Yun-Fat's Confucius - The life story of the highly-influential Chinese thinker and philosopher, Confucius, who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC during the Zhou Dynasty in China. His teachings have deeply influenced life in most of Asia. It does not currently have a US distributor. Stay tuned!
    Badass Trailer for Woody Harrelson's Defendor! - Reality intersects with delusion in the mind of Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona known as Defendor, and combs the streets at night in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry.
  • Slow Motion Sneezing (video) - Wow! Don't ever let anyone sneeze near you! ;-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,02 2009 - tech
Wolfenstein Gameplay Performance and IQ - tech
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HardOCP has posted Wolfenstein Gameplay Performance and IQ evaluation, so if you are weighing the pros and cons of a video card upgrade or even if you just want to see how well this game runs on your current hardware, either way, you won't want to miss this:
At 2560x1600, the Enthusiast class video cards were more than a match for the aging technology powering Wolfenstein. The GeForce GTX 295 barely dipped below 60FPS at all. While the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and GeForce GTX 285 were slightly more challenged, they both performed extremely well, both with average framerates approaching 60FPS. The less expensive GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890 both delivered excellent experiences as well, though the GTX 275 did enjoy a measurable performance advantage. The very inexpensive GeForce GTS 250 ran nicely at 2560x1600, but we did have to turn down the Shadow Quality and Post Process Quality options to make the game playable. The Radeon HD 4770 did not perform well at all at 2560x1600. Even with the lowest possible settings, the input delay and stuttering gameplay quality proved too unpleasant to be playable.

All four of the video cards we tested at 1920x1200 were playable with maximum available settings in Wolfenstein. The GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890 knocked the game out of the park at 1920x1200, giving us average framerates very close to the games cap of 60FPS. The GeForce GTS 250 and Radeon HD 4770 performed admirably as well, but the GTS 250 did enjoy a performance advantage of about 27%.

At 1680x1050, the GeForce GTS 250 and Radeon HD 4770 both gave us phenomenally smooth gameplay experiences. However, the GeForce GTS 250 was technically faster, giving us a framerate advantage of about 14%.

Wolfenstein sipped our test system's memory, using only about 600MB during peak load and about 500MB on average. The game was a lightweight on our CPU as well, averaging 22% to 36% total usage of our quad-core CPU. The CPU and Memory utilization was not significantly different between the two brands of GPUs we used in this evaluation.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,31 2009 - tech
Do you need 8GB of RAM? - tech
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According to InsideHardware, your PC will become more responsive (something hard to tell from paper) and faster by up to 187%! Whoa!
Memory manufacturer Corsair researched what are the advantages of having more than 4GB of RAM. In the analysis titled "Doing More With More Memory" company showed benefits of having 8GB over 4GB of RAM. They conducted a test with Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard, a 2.6 GHz Phenom II X3 710 CPU, a P256 solid state drive, a GeForce GTX 280 graphics card, a HX1000W power supply, and running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Crysis,Warhead and other benchmarks showed superiority of system with 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

In the Introduction of the analysis, investigators wrote that test "will show how the additional RAM allows for a 'snappier' and more responsive PC, with performance improvements of up to 186% versus a PC with 4GB of RAM. And it will also show how adding more RAM allows you to change the way in which you use your PC, by allowing you to 'do more'. This includes running more applications (and never needing to close them), working with more data, and even running another 'virtualized' operating system".
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,29 2009 - tech
TechNews -Wireless Electricity Demoed - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Tested - To sum it all up, AMD's quad-core 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is an easy CPU to recommend. In particular for those already running an AMD PC who want the performance in massive parallel tasks that quad-cores provide, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition does compete well against Intel's eight-thread Core i7 920.
  • Cheaper 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad may launch soon - Intel has a rather unexciting product to introduce, and this time it's not Core i7 / Core i5 but rather Core 2 Quad based. This Yorkfield 45nm quad-core fits socket LGA775 and it's called Core 2 Quad Q9500. It works at 2.83GHz and can be seen as crippled version of Q9550 CPU that works at 2.83GHZ but has 12MB of cache. Q9500 will have only 6MB of cache To make things even more complicated Intel also has Core 2 Quad Q9505 which shares the same specification as Q9500 but as the name indicates, it has a few more features such as Intel VT-d and Intel TXT support. All these CPUs have 95W TDP and the Q9500 should be introduced shortly. Newegg currently sells the Q9550 for $220 shipped, so if the Q9500 actually does come out, there's a good chance it'll be a bit cheaper.
  • Nvidia: GPU performance to multiple a whopping 570 times by 2015 - Mr. Jen-Hsung Huang, CEO - Nvidia, is back with one of his boldest statements - the CPU is set to grow 3x in performance by 2015, whereas the combination of CPU-GPU will increase a dizzying 570x in processing power. 
  • Sparkle 285 GTX 2GB Tested -  The card remained stable at all times and under heavy stress testing for the last week it has remained cool and reliable - it also was able to power through the newest gaming titles and even maxed out all the settings in Grand Theft Auto 4 at the native resolution of our 30 inch panel (2560x1600).
  • Nokia N900 promo video - Perhaps one of the most notable changes for this Internet Tablet is the move away from a Symbian-based operation to one that uses the Linux-based Maemo 5 platform. Could this represent a pending switch in Nokia smartphone world too? I can't say for sure, but Maemo sure looks pretty to me. The features and specs are very much in line with early predictions, providing us with a 3.5inch WVGA touchscreen display, HSPA and WLAN wireless connections, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB RAM, OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, 32GB internal memory, and microSD expansion slot. The built-in Nokia Messaging client can handle up to 10 email accounts. You'll have to wait until October to get your hands on a retail Nokia N900 Internet Tablet and, even then, it will only be available in 'select markets' for 500 Euro, not including taxes and subsidies.
  • Senate proposal gives president authority over the Internet -  Bill would give president emergency control of Internet describes legislation currently being drafted 'which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.'
  • TED: Wireless Electricity Demo (video) - Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker
  • Allen Millyard has a Viper V10 engine on a motorcycle (video) -  This is a video of the Millyard Dodge viper engined motorcycle created by Allen Millyard. All parts were hand made in Allen's garage with basic 50s and 60s machine tools. The bike is fully road legal and passed 2009 construction and use regulations to gain a MSVA certificate and a 09 plate.
  • Record-setting British Steam Car in action (video) -  How does it work? 12 LPG-fueled boilers heat 10.5 gallons of water to 750-degrees F. Then, nearly two miles of plumbing inside the car takes that pressurized steam to a two-stage turbine spinning at a stratospheric 13,000 RPM. No wonder it makes such a racket!
  • Facebook 3.0 launches for the iPhone - Users are able to get their hands on the latest Facebook 3.0 application for the iPhone a little early, directly from Apple via the AppStore. The application is believed to be in the final stages of approval, moving from Apple's review process to the AppStore. The new release brings an updated UI for Facebook, offering new features, smoother and faster load times, the ability to handle events, view pages, and also an updated Facebook chat for instant messaging conversations. Additionally, Facebook 3.0 also offers users the ability to "Like" on friend's status', a feature that was not available in the 2.5 release.
  • Brand New Japanese Trailer for Roland Emmerich's 2012 - An academic researcher leads a group of people in a fight to counteract the apocalyptic events that were predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar. Cast includes John Cusack, Amanda Peet, & Chiwetel Ejiofor. Sony Pictures is bringing 2012 to theaters everywhere on November 13th this year!
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats Official Trailer - Overture Films has debuted the official trailer for George Clooney's The Men Who Stare at Goats today, directed by Clooney's long-time producer and friend Grant Heslov.
  • The best visual effects from 100 years crammed into a 5 minute video -  Here is an excellent video showing the advancement in special effects over the years.
  • A Moment 8.24.09 (video) - Gorgeous kitties :-)  BTW: Weren't those sounds from the Zelda games on N64?
  • AnnaLynne McCord Is Pretty Hot - Here's a small photoshoot of Annalynne Mccord in Nylon Magazine. I believe this is her first magazine spread and I'm a little disappointed that it wasn't Playboy. However, she looks pretty damn tasty.
  • Pixie Lott FHM Magazine Pictures - Here are some images of favorite British singer Pixie Lott taken from the cover of FHM magazine.
  • Eva Mendes is Like Yum - Celebrity Eva Mendes is on the cover and in the pages of the September 2009 issue of Marie Claire (UK)! And I must say, this cover shot of Eva is hot, hot, hot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,28 2009 - tech
TechNews - 18 Cool Things Windows 7 Does - tech
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  • ATi Radeon HD 5870 will be cheaper than GeForce GTX 285 -  According to Donanimhaber.com, ATi Radeon HD 5870 (Code Name: Cypress XT) will be cheaper than GeForce GTX 285 and will come with $299. And also same source underlines that ATi R800 (Code Name: Hemlock - 2x RV870) will launch in Mid-Nov.
  • Western Digital WD TV Mini Media Player Video Review - Where's my - Back a few months ago, Western Digital impressed us when it launched its very first media player, the WD TV. It was an affordable device that allowed you to playback HD movies, music and pictures on your display through a USB storage device, such as a pen drive or portable hard drive. Fast forward a little and Western Digital has just come out with the WD TV Mini. It is a smaller, more portable and cheaper version compared to the WD TV, but it lacks one very important feature - HD support and HDMI output. It does, however, impress in certain areas - especially with 1080i upscaling and a very small size and attractive styling.
  • Verbatim 2-Disk RAID External Hard Drive 2TB Review - During test period Verbatim external drive didn't get too hot or even warm thanks to 40mm fan present at the back. The same fan is almost noiseless since it generates no more than 25dBA
  • 18 Cool Things Windows 7 Does That Vista Doesn't - TechRadar has posted a list of 18 cool things Windows 7 does that Vista doesn't do. Obviously the native ISO burner, Jumplists, new task bar and the Windows XP mode are the more talked about features but some of these other ones like ability to Stream Music directly to another computer, Pin just about anything to the new Windows Taskbar and Improved Touch Navigation are cool too.
  • Guides: Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive To An SSD -  In reality, the software side of a notebook SSD upgrade is perhaps the most complex part of the process. Mechanically, swapping out drives is pretty straight-forward. If you take the path of actually cloning your existing hard drive's partition(s) over to the new SSD, you need to ensure you set the cloning software application, in our case it was Clonezilla, to resize the new partition on the target drive to size of the SSD. Norton Ghost from Symantec has this setting selected by default but in the screen shots above, you can see how to set it up with Clonezilla. Also, if your new SSD is actually smaller than the old hard drive, Clonezilla won't let you map the partition over, even if the data area is smaller. In this case, Norton Ghost works a bit better and is in general a bit more elegant to work with.
  • Google Docs Can Now Translate - Need to translate a document? Now you can use Google Docs to get the job done.
  • Ziploc iPod Headphones Eliminate Tangles - Lee Washington is a product design student from London and he has come up with a solution that will effectively eliminate cord tangle when it comes to headphones. Rather than having two separate cords leading to each ear, these two cords can snap together not unlike what you get with a Ziploc bag. In doing so, you get a single, unified cord when you have your headphones stowed away, making for absolutely zero tangles. When it's time to pump up the jam again, you simply unzip the headphone cords, just as you would undo the seal offered by a Ziploc bag.
  • Two new Get a Mac ads - Apple responds to Microsoft's PC hunter ads with two new ads.
  • iMac Goes Up In Smoke (video) - Imagine what could have been if this had happened during the night? :\
  • Why has Microsoft photoshopped this? - It appears Microsoft has photo-shopped an image on the Polish version of its Business Productivity site. If you visit the US business site you will see the image below (top) and if you visit the Polish site you'll see the same picture (bottom) but the man in the middle is no longer black. Why has Microsoft done this? Microsoft has said on Twitter that it is in the process of taking down the image, calling it a 'marketing site photo mistake.' Hmmm...
  • iPhone 3GS Shot with 9mm and Burned (video) - As if putting four 9mm rounds into a 32GB iPhone 3GS wasn't enough, this guy set it on fire afterwards. iPhone destruction at its finest!
  • Connecticut man consults Apple Genius and gets arrested - A man in Stamford, Connecticut is now in police custody after taking his PowerMac G5 computer to an Apple store for repairs relating to problems with image files. Raymond Miller took his computer to the Genius Bar at his local Apple store saying that he was having trouble with image files; when the technician started to look over the computer he found child pornography and alerted the local police.
  • Swede caught with 10,000 films in file sharing raid - A 33-year-old man from Vasteras in central Sweden has been arrested for alleged crimes in breach of copyright legislation. Local media report that police uncovered up to 10,000 films hidden in the man's cellar.
  • The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities - According to TorrentFreak, Stockholm's district court took action to completely remove The Pirate Bay from the Internet. The court ordered the site's major bandwidth supplier, Black Internet, to disconnect TPB from the Internet or face penalties of 500,000 kroner ($70,600). The ISP complied, saying that it had no choice but to uphold the law.As expected, The Pirate Bay site relocated and is back online...
  • Awesome International Trailer for Zombieland! - I know we've already seen at least two trailers so far - a teaser and a red band - but this just looks better and better the more we see from it! This new one is similar to those last few trailers, but features a voiceover from Jesse Eisenberg and a few more new scenes that we haven't seen.
  • War of the Worlds: Goliath Trailer - War of the Worlds: Goliath is an animated steampunk epic and unofficial sequel to War of the Worlds.
  • Teaser Trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inception - Inception is both written and directed by acclaimed Oscar nominated British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight. Nolan previously wrote the scripts for Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight with his brother Jonathan Nolan. Warner Brothers is bringing Inception to theaters everywhere starting on July 16th, 2010 next summer.
  • Brand New Japanese Trailer for Roland Emmerich's 2012 - An academic researcher leads a group of people in a fight to counteract the apocalyptic events that were predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar. Cast includes John Cusack, Amanda Peet, & Chiwetel Ejiofor. Sony Pictures is bringing 2012 to theaters everywhere on November 13th this year!
  • On board the Radical SR8LM's record-setting Nurburgring lap (video) - Some of the best sportscars on the road are those derived from racing machinery. But by the time you take them back to the racetrack...well, that's just backwards thinking. At least, that's how it seems when you look at the Radical SR8LM. Instead of making life imitate art that's imitating life, Radical cut the shortest distance from A to B. The SR8LM is that product, and as you may have heard, it holds the new record for the fastest lap time at the Nurburgring.
  • Acura NSX submarine (video) - At one point, the water, which came as the result of a torrential downpour in Orange Park, Forida, was up to the side mirrors. The real payoff, when the video goes from sad anger-inducing to hilarious comes about 33 seconds in, when you can clearly see water pouring out of the closed doors of the NSX. It stuns us to think that someone would think it would be a good idea to drive a low-slung supercar through a flood zone, but it probably shouldn't.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,24 2009 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v190.62 - tech
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There are brand new GeForce 190.62 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. The new driver, ForceWare 190.62, doesn't seem to offer any performance improvements over the previous ForceWare 190 driver, instead the focus is on bug fixes. It's a pretty incremental update so you may want to pass if you're happy with 190.38.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,22 2009 - tech
TechNews - W7 vs. Vista CPU and RAM Performance - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 975 CPU Tested - This CPU is the fastest available processor for the gaming enthusiast on the market with 8 logical cores running at 3.33GHz. If you have the $1000 this CPU will set you back laying around and a system to put it on (X58 motherboard, HD 4890 video card or similar, DDR3 3GB and fast HDDs), this CPU will really help your system shine. The Extreme Edition CPUs are not for the faint of heart as they will run you over $999 USD, but if you want the best you have to pay through the nose for it.
  • Windows 7 vs. Vista CPU & Memory Performance Comparison - When it comes to having a look at pure CPU performance, it seems that Windows 7 isn't quite as efficient as Windows Vista - Heh that surprised me...
  • UK Gets W7 Home Premium Full Version at Half-Price - Hey, for once the UK doesn't get left out of the discount hook-ups. Microsoft is making the full version of Windows 7 Home Premium available at half-price, about 65 pounds. The cheap pre-order deals the US had were limited to upgrade versions so the UK is getting a fine deal.
  • Seven Reasons to Avoid Windows 7 - Wired has the comparison article that focuses on the seven reasons to avoid Windows 7
  • Windows Live Movie Maker 14 released - Microsoft released their newest version of Windows Live Movie Maker. This version allows for greater editing of videos including standard definition (4:3) videos and high definition (16:9) video support. Windows Live Movie Maker allows for direct upload to both YouTube and Facebook (though plug-ins). Users are also able to burn straight to DVD, play video on high definition (HD) televisions and save in a variety of standard and high definition resolutions - 480i, 720i, 720p and 1080p. Auto Movie allows users to easily create a video automatically in under one minute using selected images, captions, a title and soundtrack to go along with the slides.
  • Delphi Programs Targeted by Virus - Security researchers at Sophos & SonicWall have discovered a virus in the wild that has a very specific target: programs written in Delphi. The virus, which doesn't appear to have a payload, inserts itself into the Delphi source code and then compiles itself into a finished executable.
  • How The Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized - Torrentfreak has the first details on how GGF plans to legalize The Pirate Bay after their acquisition at the end of the month.
  • Researchers crack network latency nut with new algorithm -  Issues with latency and dropped packets can kill a network's performance and cripple applications like real-time communications, scientific computing, and high-frequency trading. But the problems can be extremely difficult to diagnose, as they may not appear under test conditions, and real-time monitoring of performance can require dedicated hardware or procedures that actually cut into the usable bandwidth. A team of academic researchers have come up with what they think is a solution, one that could sample the transmission of a collection of representative packets in real time, in a manner that's inexpensive in terms of both hardware and networking resources. Unfortunately, it appears that it would require an extension to an IEEE standard that's only been adopted recently, as well as dedicated processing hardware.
  • Harry Potter style newspapers to become a reality - Appearing in the September 18th editions of Entertainment Weekly in Los Angeles and New York, slim-line screens will be embedded into the printed pages to offer video in these paper magazines. The technology is similar to that of singing greeting cards, as the chips that store the video (up to 40 minutes worth) are activated upon a page turn. The first units will display advertisements from Pepsi and CBS, and are expected to revolutionize magazine advertisement. The screens are 2.7mm thick and offer a 320x240 resolution, can store 40 minutes of video and have a battery that can be recharged via USB which will last for 70 minutes.
  • Volkswagen recalls 13,500 DSG-equipped 2009-2010 models over sensor - Anybody who bought a Volkswagen in North America in the past year with a DSG gearbox will want to keep an eye on their mailbox in the coming weeks for a note from the home office in Herndon, Virginia. It seems there is an issue with a temperature sensor in the dual clutch transmission. Problematic sensors can give erroneous readings that cause warning lamps in the cluster to turn on or send the transmission into neutral. The quick-shifting DSG is a popular option in the Jetta sedan, Sportwagen, GTI and Eos convertible. A total of 13,500 cars built between September 2008 and August 2009 are being brought in for inspection and possible repair.
  • Barney Frank Confronts Woman Comparing Obama to Hitler (video) - check it out
  • Jon Stewart Grills 'Death Panel' Originator (video) - Betsy McCaughey, the first who equated end-of-life planning with government-ordered euthanasia, goes on the Daily Show to make her case. Stewart takes her apart.
  • Top 10: Mike Tyson KOs - Mike Tyson wasn't always crazier than a soup sandwich. Long before he began biting off body parts and using his face as a canvas for tattoos, Iron Mike was the world's most punishing pugilist. His vicious uppercuts sent fighters to the mat with breathtaking ease while his hellacious haymakers connected with the force of a thousand sledgehammers.
  • Will There Be a Terminator 5? - Despite its lackluster performance, the real problems now lie in lawsuits and financial troubles surrounding The Halcyon Company, which picked up the Terminator rights a few years ago. Ben Fritz at the LA Times has a great write-up on the legal issues, which seem to only get worse each and every day. It doesn't help that "no one" is really that interested in seeing more Terminator movies after Terminator Salvation was so bad. So will we even see a Terminator 5?
  • New Halloween 2 Trailer Online - Rob Zombie's Halloween got a fair amount of mixed reviews. Either you liked it or you really didn't. I imagine the same goes for the sequel.
  • JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR - OFFICIAL TRAILER (2009) - The first official teaser trailer for James Cameron's Avatar debuted this morning on Apple. After years and years of waiting and hearing all about the groundbreaking technology that Cameron has been using, we finally get to see what the world on Pandora looks like, and it's as awe-inspiring and amazing as I'd imagined. 20th Century Fox is bringing James Cameron's Avatar to both IMAX and regular theaters in 3D around the world on December 18th.
  • iGun Road Rage (video) - This is madness! LOL!
  • Brooklyn Decker Topless Pictures from GQ - Wow! Here's Supermodel Brooklyn Decker topless and see-through in the new issue of GQ magazine.
  • Miranda Kerr for Victoria's Secret - Model Miranda Kerr is featured on the cover of Victoria's Secret Swim'09 and both she and the swimsuits are lookin' good!
  • Megan Fox pictures are back in GQ magazine - What can be said about Megan Fox that has not said before? I can not think of anything, but I still dig that little blue outfit and that skimpy black bikini.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,20 2009 - tech
Get free Batman: Arkham Asylum PC game - tech
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NVIDIA is running a special promotion that will allow folks to download a free full version of Batman: Arkham Asylum for a limited time if you buy a card based on one of three Nvdia graphics chip. The promotion is limited to buying a card with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTX 275 or GeForce GTX 285 graphics chips. If you buy a card with any of those chips you will get a coupon that will allow you to download a free copy of the Rocksteady-Eidos super hero game. The PC port, which support's Nvidia's 3D Vision tech and PhysX game physics, is scheduled for release on September 15.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,19 2009 - tech
Gaming Performance Compared: W7 vs Vista vs XP - tech
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Which OS delivers the best performance for gaming? Seasoned gamers would probably say Windows XP, but as you'll see in the benchmarks, that may not be the case anymore. Inside FiringSquad has compared 32-bit and 64- bit flavors of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 across ATI and NVIDIA hardware. SLI and CrossFire are also tested. Here's taster:
The 3-Way battle between Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 is much closer when you exclude the second GPU benchmarks; other than ARMA II, the Radeon and GeForce GPUs performed remarkably similar regardless of OS (as long as you exclude the GeForce Windows XP x64 numbers). No one OS really pulls away from the other, they just trade wins and more often than not, they're tied in performance. For this reason I'd have to give the overall nod to Windows Vista and Windows 7, as they generally run just as fast as XP, with the obvious addition of DirectX 10 and DX11 support.

So is Windows 7 the best OS for gaming? Based on the results we've just looked at, I'd have to say 'yes'. Windows 7 delivers the best combination of features and game performance of any OS tested today. From what I've seen so far, it's also just as stable as Windows XP and Vista and seems more responsive. The addition of gestures and the new taskbar really push Windows 7 over the top.

I'm not a huge fan of the new system tray but I can understand Microsoft's reasoning behind the changes and it's an easy adjustment to make. Compatibility could be the one issue where Windows 7 takes a backseat to Vista and Windows XP, as I did have to manually install a third-party driver to get STALKER to run properly (I don't recall the manufacturer, but I believe it was related to the game's copy protection scheme). Even though it’s less aggravating, I also continue to disable UAC.

Comparing the issues Vista faced on its launch day to Windows 7 though, all signs point to Windows 7 being a huge success. Windows 7 builds on the foundation Microsoft laid with Windows Vista and takes it to another level. Based on everything seen so far, I see no reason why Windows 7 won't be a homerun for Microsoft.

Gamers reluctant to upgrade from Windows XP fear not. You finally have a reason to upgrade. If I was running Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 though, I wouldn't be in a rush to pick up Windows 7. It's definitely an improvement over Vista, but unless you plan on running SLI or CrossFire, it's probably not worth Microsoft's asking price. After all, it is fundamentally just a highly polished extension of Vista. Instead I'd spend that money on a better graphics card or CPU.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,18 2009 - tech
TechNews - Leaked Google OS Screenshots? - tech
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  • Asus GTX 285 Matrix - Fastest Single GPU Card Out there? - The new power design is really able to push this card's GPU and memory to its limits. If you are looking for a new video card, make sure you have a look at this card. It's a very strong performer. And allows easy out of the box OCing, no real hard mods required. The PCB and components seem build to last.
  • Jolicloud - Social Netbook OS preview - CNET got to test an alternate, lightweight OS called Jolicloud that is aimed at Web workers and SocNet experts. It's not Windows and it's not Linux but the tester doesn't think it's too bad. It'll be in public beta soon and the price is right: Free.
  • Windows 7 Product Editions Compared - If you are an average to above-average computer user who will use this product in a home or home business setting, Windows 7 Home Premium is most likely the edition that you will want.
  • Leaked Google OS Screenshots? - The six leaked screenshots show what could possibly be the very first screenshots of the new developer's beta operating system. The beta is labeled 0.1.15 in one of the screenshots, showing the early stages of the operating system
  • iPhone 3.0 OS Bug Reveals Deleted E-Mail - A bug in the iPhone 3.0 OS allows deleted e-mail to be retrieved and viewed:
  • Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay Before It's Gone - The backup includes a mockup site and all of the 873,671 torrent files hosted on The Pirate Bay's servers. As the uploader also notes, not all of the 2 million torrents tracked by The Pirate Bay are hosted on the site itself. With this backup everyone can have their own Pirate Bay up and running in a few minutes.
  • 13 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You - Should you spend your money on a home security system? A look inside a burglar's mind might help you decide.
  • Quentin Tarantino's Favorite 20 Movies From 1992 to Now - Like him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino is a very unique filmmaker, with a distinct style and particular tastes. We know that Enzo Castellari's 1978 Italian film The Inglorious Bastards was an inspiration for Tarantino's new Inglorious Basterds, but what are his other favorite films? In this video recorded for Sky Movies, Tarantino lists off his favorite 20 movies from 1992 to now.
  • Oliver Parker's Dorian Gray Teaser - This is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray first published in 1890. Dorian Gray is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month and is set to open in the UK in September, but it doesn't have a US distributor yet.
  • Fantasy Goes Wrong! (video) - This is going to be great! ;-)
  • Burger King Drive-Thru Workers Try To Cheat The Timer System - If an employee of Burger King or other fast-food drive-throughs ever asks you to back up before pulling forward, they're most likely attempting to re-set the timer sensors so it appears you're being served faster. The revelation comes from Amy Oztan, who writes the Selfish Mom blog.
  • Jamaican Bolt smashes world record to win world title! - Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica smashed his own 100 meters world record with a stunning time of 9.58 seconds to win the world championship final on Sunday! American Tyson Gay, the 2007 champion, clocked 9.71 to take silver and Jamaican Asafa Powell claimed the bronze.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,17 2009 - tech
ATI Catalyst 9.8 Drivers - Now Officially - tech
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Ok, now you can go to AMD’s website and grab the officially-released Catalyst 9.8 software for your Radeon cards.They claim a number of impressive performance gains for a wide variety of DirectX 10 games:
* Battleforge DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 - performance improves up to 15-50% in CPU limited settings with the largest gains in CrossfireX configurations
* Company of Heroes DirectX 10 - performance improves by up to 10-77% in CPU limited settings
* Crysis DirectX 10 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves as much as 10% and Quad CrossfireX performance improves as much as 34% in CPU limited settings
* Crysis Warhead DirectX 10 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves as much as 7% and Quad CrossfireX performance improves as much as 69% in CPU limited settings
* Far Cry 2 DirectX 10 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves as much as 50%
and Quad CrossfireX performance improves as much as 88% in CPU limited settings * Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves up to 40% in CPU limited settings with Quad CrossfireX performance improving up to 60% in CPU limited settings
* UnigineTropics OpenGL - performance improves 5-20%
* UnigineTropics DirectX 10 - Quad CrossfireX performance improves 5-20% in CPU limited settings
* World in Conflict DirectX 10 - performance improves by 5-10%
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,15 2009 - tech
TechNews - ATI Catalyst 9.8 - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition CPU Reviews Roundup - The X4 965 is a little faster overall than the Q9550, particularly in floating-point heavy applications like video encoding and 3D rendering. Yes, you will want a relatively large cooler to keep the X4 965 quiet under load, but that's also true of any number of high-end CPUs from Intel and AMD at present.
  • Intel DP55KG Kingsberg Motherboard Preview at Quakecon 2009 - The Intel Extreme Series DP55KG 'Kingsberg' motherboard is the highest end motherboard that Intel will be offering with the P55 Express chipset. The board has a very clean layout and features six phase power management. Right now there is a debug port located just to the left of the blue SATA header, but that will be removed on the production boards. The board features a x16 PCI Express slot and a x8 PCI Express slot for graphics cards and has been licensed to support both ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technology. The board has a pair dual-channel DDR3 memory slots as these boards do not use triple-channel like the Intel X58 Express platform does. The motherboard also features on-board Bluetooth and has a location for an antenna to be attached. One interesting thing about this flagship motherboard is that Intel is still not using solid-state-capacitors on their enthusiast motherboards. This is something worth pointing out as companies like ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI have all switched over to better components in recent years.
  • Fry's selling Core i5 early - Fry's has begun selling Lynnfield-based Core i5-750 CPUs early. On the company website the CPU is selling for $205 and is listed as "in stock", with same-day shipping available. A quick search for faster Lynnfield CPUs and P55 motherboards however turns up no results.
  • Windows 7: Windows 7 (Final) vs. Windows Vista VGA game performance - The VGA drivers are not only stable, they work really well and perform good as well. I was afraid that with the coming of a new OS we'd see a performance drop just like we had with the transition from Windows XP to Vista, but if anything, Windows 7 VGA performance is as good as Windows Vista with the obviously occasional random fluctuation in performance here and there though. Looking at the opposite side, Windows 7 won't offer performance increases in graphics performance either with an exception here and there.
  • ATI Catalyst 9.8 - AMD's QuakeCon blog now offers early downloads of new version 9.8 Catalyst reference drivers for ATI accelerators. These drivers are also being offered to attendees of QuakeCon, and they will be officially released next week. PC Perspective has a change list.
  • How to make strong, easy-to-remember passwords - I know most of you are capable of coming up with a strong password that you won't forget but, in case you need help, here is an article that can be helpful.
  • Symantec Discovers a Botnet on Twitter -Symantec analyst Peter Coogan wrote that researchers found an account, @upd4t3, which was tweeting out links to download a piece malware called Downloader.Sninfs. The account has since been suspended by Twitter.
  • Internet Explorer comes out on top against Phishing - NSS Labs, an independent security research group, found that Internet Explorer 8 was the best browser tested at thwarting phishing attempts. Firefox was statistically tied with IE for first with Opera and Chrome bringing up the rear. Safari was the real loser of the group with only 2% of phishing attempts blocked and there was no difference between the Mac or Windows client.
  • Zune HD Grand Tour (video) - Brian Seitz of Microsoft's Zune team demonstrates the new Zune HD on video. The new thinner, sleeker device features an OLED screen, puts out HD video to your TV and costs about $100 less than a similarly equipped iPod
  • Ticket Details Announced for Avatar Day on August 21st! - Starting on Monday, August 17th at Noon PST on the official Avatar website - AvatarMovie.com - Fox will be giving away first-come, first-serve tickets for free. There will be two screenings on Friday, August 21st (one at 6:00PM, the other at 6:30PM) in over 100 IMAX 3D theaters around the world. I don't have exact details on which theaters will be involved, but it looks like it'll only be in IMAX, so you better find the nearest one now. These tickets will probably go very fast on Monday.
  • Creepy Trailer for Alien Abduction Thriller The Fourth Kind - A thriller involving an unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up. Universal is now bringing The Fourth Kind to theaters everywhere starting on November 6th.
  • First Red Band Trailer for Paul Bettany's Legion - Having lost faith in the human race, a legion of angels descend to Earth to bring about the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a diner and the Archangel Michael himself. Sony Pictures will be bringing Legion to theaters everywhere starting on January 22nd, 2010 early next year.
  • F. Gary Gray's Law Abiding Citizen Trailer with Gerard Butler - The trailer for F. Gary Gray's Law Abiding Citizen starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx has debuted.
  • Robot running (video) - Toyota humanoid robot running at 7km/h.
  • The Corvette ZR1 was chasing a Lambo LP670-4 SV around Millbrook - This really is an unbelievable video. First of all, you got two of the hottest cars in the world. Second, the Lambo should be a bit quicker than the ZR1, right? It has around 30 more horsepower, weighs about 60 pounds less and has AWD, allowing it to exit corners more quickly!
  • Police Chief Gets Pwned by Marijuana Advocate (video) - Scott Kirkland is the Chief of the El Cerrito Police Department. Watch as he gets pwned by Richard Lee, co-owner of Hemp Research Company and marijuana advocate for 17 years.
  • MEGAWOOSH Bruno Kammerl jumps (video) - Who cares if it is fake or not it's awesome!!!!
  • Fan invades Field with a knife and hits Player (video) - The match between Blooming-BOL-URU and River Plate, at the Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the preliminary phase of the Copa Sul-Americana, was interrupted and suspended by the referee Victor Hugo Carrillo, 20 minutes for the second time, after a fan invaded the pitch and attacking the player Henry Gimenez, the Uruguayan team.
  • Heidi Montag Playboy Pictures - Heidi Montag in Playboy!
  • Joanna Krupa Swimsuit Pictures In Jack Magazine - Here's Joanna Krupa showing off her hotness in a variety of swimsuits for Jack Magazine.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,12 2009 - tech
TechNews - AMD cuts CPU prices - tech
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  • AMD cuts CPU prices - For instance, the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is now selling for $199.99 on Newegg as of today. That's $45 less than the official $245 price tag found on the official AMD CPU price list.
  • Intel Core i7 In-Depth Performance Scaling Analysis - Madshrimps posted an Intel Core i7 In-Depth Performance Scaling Analysis
  • Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Tested -  The Syncmaster 2233SW is a simple and cost effective 21.5" monitor that has the additional resolution bump up to 1920x1080
  • Dell scraps 12inch Netbook range - According to Dell this is due to the fact that, according to the user base, 10" is the 'sweet spot' for Netbooks and there isn't a great deal of a market for the slightly larger 12", as a result the size will be disbanded.
  • Google testing their re-engineered search engine - Google has been working on a re-engineered version of their search engine lately
  • New Wi-Fi standard, 802.11n, nearing completion - According to Wired's website, the new standard for Wi-Fi is near completion and offering up to 600mbps promises lightning fast speeds along with a great deal of other bells and whistles. Products based on the final 802.11 n standard could offer up to 600 Mbps connectivity speeds, plus the ability to have up to four simultaneous streams of high-definition video, voice and data through the house. The standard also promises easy backward compatibility, which means new devices will work smoothly with older products.
  • Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6 Alpha - Firefox 3.6, code-named Namoroka, has a variety of changes, but it's not as dramatic a departure as 3.5 was from 3.0. Among the 3.6 features are faster JavaScript, the Web programming language Firefox executes with itsTraceMonkey engine; faster page-rendering speed; some new features for CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)technology for controlling some of the look of a Web site; and a feature called the compositor that handles complicated layout circumstances better
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23022 (video) - This is the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 build with mysterious features that may imply there to be a version 6.5.1 or 6.7 coming.
  • Wolfenstein RPG Arrives on iPhone - Kotaku has obtained a shot of a Meijer catalog set to launch on August 30th. The image shows a black Xbox 360 Elite console selling for the "New Lower Price" of $299.99. The site believes Microsoft could announce the Elite price cut as soon as next week at Gamescom. If the rumors are correct, Sony should be responding with a price cut of their own in the form of the PS3 Slim
  • Ion engine could one day power 39-day trips to Mars - There's a growing chorus of calls to send astronauts to Mars rather than the moon, but critics point out that such trips would be long and gruelling, taking about six months to reach the Red Planet. But now, researchers are testing a powerful new ion engine that could one day shorten the journey to just 39 days
  • 14 Seconds of the New Moon Trailer Online  - Summit has officially released this 14-second preview of the New Moon trailer that is hitting theaters this Friday with Bandslam!
  • 5 Minutes of Iron Man 2 Footage - The five-minute clip runs through a number of scenes, including a meeting between Stark and Fury, a congressional hearing questioning Stark's possession of the suit and an action montage where we get our first looks at Whiplash, Black Widow and even War Machine in motion. Impressions? Looks great, really happy to see War Machine's debut. However, I liked Terrance Howard. I'm sure Don Cheadle will be great, but I think the firing was totally unnecesarry.
  • 500 Days of Summer Bank Heist Music Video - It's actually a music video for the song 'Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?' by Zooey Deschanel's band She & Him. It was created as an additional promotional video by Fox Searchlight for the nationwide release of 500 Days of Summer this weekend. It's really a fun video, so check it out!
  • N00b Boyfriend meets L33T Parents (video) - They have to realize they don't PWN their daughter anymore
  • Catching Laptops With Your Butt (video) - Do not try this at home :P 
  • 10 Drugs You Shouldn't Be On While Driving (video) - This came out pretty well I think :-)
  • Best Fake Punt Ever (Bills/Titans) - Titans (Oilers) Rookie Punter AJ Trapasso does a great behind-the-back fake and run. The first tuchdown of the 2009 NFL season.
  • Girlfriend's angry emails to her vacationing boyfriend (video) - This self-obsessive girl failed to listen to her boyfriend tell her many, many times that he was soon to go off travelling around Europe. When he leaves and therefore can't reply to her emails, she starts up a hilariously tragic and mildly twisted semi-monologue as this over-zealous nut job fears the worst for her 'relationship'.
  • Jessica Stroup took part in a sexy photo shoot for Esquire magazine - Her star just keeps on rising, and Jessica Stroup revealed more of her fun and flirty side in a new spread in Esquire magazine.
  • Today Deals - Blu-ray Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale at Amazon.com | Iomega Prestige 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 34275 (save $71)
Phenom II vs Core i7: Gaming Value Comparison - tech
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at stock speeds, each system is running virtually identical
PureOverclock posted a review of the gaming value performance between AMD Phenom II and Intel Core i7 processors and systems. Here's a taster:
When we first set out to tackle this article, we weren't quite sure what to expect. We've seen both the Phenom II and Core i7 up close and personal, and have a healthy respect for each platform. However, we are performance junkies around here and pride ourselves as overclocking enthusiasts that try to extract maximum performance from our systems, regardless of platform. And we have been suitably impressed by the overclocking prowess of the Core i7 lineup, as have many other enthusiasts the world over. But we also know that very few people are also able to take advantage of much of those increases in real world tasks that can truly harness that power to a great degree.

We've seen the pendulum swing from Intel to AMD, and back and forth, and as gamers, we had assumed that the strengths of the Core i7 platform would prove too much for a Phenom II to overcome in terms of gaming performance. So today's investigation set about not to prove a certain viewpoint, but to try to illuminate the facts of the unknown differences, not the least of which were our own experiences. And as we must admit, we were rather surprised at the results.

There are a few conclusions we can now definitively draw after today's exploration, plain and simple. It is fact that a Core i7 gaming rig will give you better overall performance in terms of absolute numbers and framerates; the difference isn't very much, but it does exist. It is also fact that such a system will cost considerably more money as well for what is essentially almost the same performance. When the results are then applied against those cost differences, it is also fact that the Core i7 system then becomes a very expensive option, costing hundreds of dollars more for little to no performance increase in most games.

Where things get really interesting is when you equalize the costs between the platforms and look at what you get for gaming performance in return. For a current difference of $215, you can purchase a second Radeon 4890 to go with a Crossfire setup in your Phenom II system and it will utterly crush a Core i7 gaming setup that will have only one graphics card. And we must admit, that provides a very compelling reason to consider an AMD gaming system, especially when we consider that a Phenom II X4 can overclock very well and also easily handle just about any regular use application. Unless you're doing a ton of video encoding or workstation renderings and animations, the cost for performance difference is very difficult to justify, particularly for a gaming setup.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,07 2009 - tech
TechNews - Touchable hologram demoed - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor Review - In real world gaming we see that that Phenom II 955 wins again over its older predecessors, but is still not able to get the win over Intel.
  • Apple's New 13inch Macbook Pro - Video Review - The machine also features a LED-backlit screen with a higher color gamut than most notebooks, a backlit keyboard, and a 7 hour battery that actually lasts about 7 hours, which reaffirms Apple's reputation of advertising realistic battery life claims. A number of other features like a built in iSight webcam, a Superdrive (CD/DVD reader and writer), a Magsafe power adapter and for the first time for Apple a built in SD card reader--all in a package that's about 4.5 pounds--make this one heck of an attractive little notebook. The one we tested was the lower end model equipped with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus and 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 memory.
  • Four Kingston SSDNow E (Intel X25-E) SSDs in RAID 0 - Win 7 -  Would the average consumer buy a storage setup like this? Well, I'm sure every tech enthusiast would want it, but at a cost close to $4000 USD just for the storage part of the system, it is out of reach of many. However, it is very interesting to see in this technology demonstration what storage technology today is capable of at the ultra high-end and what consumers can expect in the years ahead.
  • Windows 7 Upgrade Chart - This is supposedly the official Windows 7 upgrade chart from Microsoft. It looks like all Vista installs except Starter can do a 32-bit to 32-bit upgrade and keep all your files, same with 64-bit to 64-bit. Windows XP owners will have to do a clean install after backing up your files.
  • Driverheaven Nvidia Mobility Modder Released V1.1.0.0 - Driverheaven has released Nvidia Mobility Modder Released V1.1.0.0:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 released -Apple released their update for Leopard, bringing it up to version 10.5.8.
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Plugs Six Critical Holes - Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.8 update fixes 18 vulnerabilities, six of which are critical flaws. That means the bugs could open the door to attackers to hijack a computer by tricking victims into viewing malicious image files on the Internet. I advise all three of you that need the update should head over now and get it
  • Google to acquire On2 technologies for $106 Million - Google says it is buying On2, a provider of digital video compression technology, for $106.5 million. On2 is well known for compressing high quality video ready for streaming on IP networks. On2's compression technologies power the video in many of today's leading desktop and mobile applications. On2 customers include Adobe, Skype, Nokia, Infineon, Sun Microsystems, Mediatek, Sony, Brightcove, and Move Networks.
  • Touchable hologram demonstrated (video) - Researchers from The University of Tokyo have demoed a touchable hologram at Siggraph 2009. The project, called Touchable Holography, involves the use of Wiimotes placed above the display to track hand motion, and an airborne ultrasound tactile display created in the university's lab to create the sensation of touch.
  • The $1,000,000 speaker - A one million dollar speaker? For ONE speaker? Yes, it is true!! Please understand that $1,000,000 buys one speaker, so you'll need to shell out $2,000,000 for stereo, and at least five million for your Ultimate home theater.
  • Cool Laser Pattern Sound Test (video) - This is easily the coolest laser video you will see (and hear) all day
  • iPhone Steering Wheel (video) - If you're a huge fan of racing games on the iPhone you may want to look into getting this snazzy accessory.
  • New Mercedes E-Class Estate 2010 Video - Check it out! Whether the load-lugging model will come to America remains to be seen, but I look forward to seeing it in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show all the same.
  • Trailer for Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones - Paramount has debuted the trailer for Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci. Paramount is bringing The Lovely Bones to theaters everywhere on December 11th.
  • Awesome Red Band Zombieland Trailer - official -  Sony has debuted a second red band trailer for Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone. We've seen quite a bit from this so far, including a trailer and even our set visit piece, but there is still plenty more to see, that's for damn sure! Sony will be bringing Zombieland to theaters on October 9th this fall.
  • The Vampire's Assistant Trailer - Universal has debuted the trailer for The Vampire's Assistant. Word is: "Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares." Universal is bringing The Vampire's Assistant to theaters on October 23rd this fall.
  • To the edge of space in a spyplane! (video) - James May from Top Gear U.K. takes an emotional ride to the edge of space in a U2 spyplane. Amazing!
  • Lost Generation (video) - Using only narration and text, this inspiring video uses a clever trick to make its point about being alive in this generation.
  • Madonna - Celebration Official New Single 2009 - Madonna plans to release her definitive greatest hits compilation Celebration on September 29th as both a single and double album. 
  • Miranda Kerr Bikini Pictures Heat Things Up - This girl has got it going on from top to bottom ain't no doubt about it! Although seeing Miranda Kerr in a bikini isn't a new thing, you really can't complain :P
  • Audrina Patridge Wearing A Sexy Black Miniskirt - Audrina Patridge is looking damn sexy in these photos wearing this little black miniskirt.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,06 2009 - tech
Windows 7 Review: You Can Quit Complaining Now - tech
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Could Windows 7 accomplish everything that's expected of it? Probably not, but it makes a damn good run at it. The chaps over at Gizmodo have tested the gold master, the final version going out on October 22. Here's a taster:
Windows 7 is not quite a "Vista service pack." It does share a lot of the core tech, and was clearly designed to fix nearly every bad thing anyone said about Vista. Which ironically puts the demon that it was trying to exorcise at its heart. What that means is that Windows 7 is what Vista should have been in the public eye—a solid OS with plenty of modern eye candy that mostly succeeds in taking Windows usability into the 21st century—but it doesn't daringly innovate or push boundaries or smash down walls or whatever verb meets solid object metaphor you want to use, because it had a specific set of obligations to meet, courtesy of its forebear.

That said, if you're coming from Windows XP, Windows 7 will totally feel like a revelation from the glossy future. If you're coming from Vista, you'll definitely go "Hey, this is much better!" the first time you touch Aero Peek. If you're coming from a Mac, you'll—-hahahahaha. But seriously, even the Mactards will have to tone down their nasal David Spadian snide, at least a little bit.
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Windows XP was a great OS in its day. Windows Vista, once it found its feet several months in, was a good OS. With Windows 7, the OS is great again. It's what people said they wanted out of Windows: Solid, more nimble and the easiest, prettiest Windows yet. There's always a chance this won't be a huge hit come October, given the economy and the state of the PC industry, but it's exactly what Microsoft needs right now. Something people can grab without fear.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,04 2009 - tech
TechNews - Intel 6-core Gulftown CPU spotted - tech
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  • Intel 6-core Gulftown CPU spotted - JC from XtremeSystems Forums has managed to score a sample of Intel's upcoming 6-core, 32-nm Gulftown CPU which will eventually replace today's Core i7-965 at the high-end of the Intel CPU product stack.
  • AMD prepping 3.4GHz Phenom II for launch? - AMD plans to introduce a 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, its fastest processor ever, on August 13th. Like all Black Edition processors, the 965 BE will ship with an unlocked clock multiplier for easier OC'ing. Pricing wasn't mentioned, but if the release date is accurate, we won't have to wait long to see how it performs and at what cost.
  • AMD 785G Chipset Launch: ASUS and Gigabyte Tested -  The gaming performance of the 785G is 'good enough' for most people. It will play older games at higher resolutions and quality settings, but still can play more modern titles at lower resolutions and quality settings. Casual games such as Sims 3 should have no issues with running on the 785G. AMD's recent driver support has been very good, and while they may not put in CrossFire profiles for the latest games until a month or two after release, we can rest assured that even newer titles will work without problem on the 785G. If there is one area where Intel is consistently criticized for, it is compatibility with many gaming titles. While Intel has improved that with the G4x series of integrated chipsets, the promise of care free gaming from Intel is still a ways off.
  • Windows 7, new laptop designs to converge - CNET takes a look at some of the hardware and innovations that they saw at Intel's Technology Summit last week, which you will see in the next year or so.
  • Microsoft's MSN Video Player is now live, streaming TV shows - MSN Video Player is now available as a free online beta to those in the UK. MSN Video Player is available exclusively in the UK and offers over 300 hours of free content from both BBC worldwide and producer All3Media, responsible for shows like peep show and shameless. Microsoft is running a 6 month trial of the player during which time Ashley Highfield, Microsoft's managing director and vice president of consumer and online, claims that the company has sold out of its advertising space to fund the MSN Video Player.
  • Google preparing to launch theme gallery for Chrome -  The site is not live yet. But on the default new tab/new window page, the one with the thumbnails of your most visited sites, if you click on the “X” to remove some of them, a themes page shows up as a thumbnail
  • DefCon Reveals Holes in SSL, Browser Interoperability - Security researchers at DefCon demonstrated how an enterprising hacker could "tap" into a supposedly secure data stream to lift sensitive information.
  • Apple keyboards hacked and possessed - Another 'innovation' courtesy of DefCon is the ability to compromise the firmware of an Apple keyboard, which can give the hacker total access to the attached system. From keylogging to rootkits to total remote control, the sky's the limit for a system compromised by this hack. To infect your keyboard, the attacker only needs to exploit one of the many weaknesses in Mac OS X and Apple applications. Once exploited, the attacker only needs to drop less than 100 KB of payload to infect the keyboard and the attack takes less than 18 seconds.
  • LG BL40 Chocolate Phone Commercial Video - A 4 inch screen supporting a resolution of 800 x 345 pixel this is what the LG BL40 packs in.
  • Planet Hulk - Animated Trailer - HD - Marvel SDCC - Full length trailer for the upcoming animated film based on the hit comic book storyline, Planet Hulk.
  • Ridley Scott Confirmed To Direct Alien Prequel - There is an Alien prequel coming, and it's been confirmed that director Ridley Scott will be taking the helm for the movie
  • Peter Morgan's Damned United Trailer - Sony Pictures Classics recently debuted the official trailer for The Damned United, which stars Michael Sheen as Brian Clough and a host of other very talented British actors, including Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall, and Jim Broadbent. The film is a look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the Leeds United soccer team. Sony Pictures Classics is bringing The Damned United to limited theaters starting on September 25th this fall.
  • Second Insane, Crazy Teaser Trailer for [Rec] 2 - Another second new shorter, crazier teaser trailer for [Rec] 2 has arrived! While you're at it, you might as well pick up the original [Rec] on DVD (via Amazon ), as it was just finally officially released by Sony a few weeks ago. This looks like a direct sequel to the original horror cult classic.
  • Jay Leno drives the Reasonably Priced Car (video) - Jay gives a very strange, inaccurate answer as to why Americans drivers won't let people with their turn signals on into a lane , but does tell an absolutely fantastic story about two 'gang bangers,' his McLaren F1 and the three tunnels on Kanan Road. Yes, fine, but does Leno drive fast? Well, he's quite smooth. And the second fastest American.
  • Today Tech Deals -  Mac OS X Snow Leopard Preorder ($29) ||  Toshiba Satellite A505-S6973 16.0-Inch Laptop - Black/Grey (save $110) || Sony DVP-FX930/R 9-Inch Portable DVD Player (save $25) || Street Fighter IV PC (save $3)
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,03 2009 - tech
Blue Ray's Future Competition? - tech
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ArsTechnica has interesting article talking about a new format in China called CBHD that is MUCH MUCH cheaper than Blu-Ray to produce. If the quality is on par or close too, could Blu-Ray have trouble on the horizon?
At the CBHD factory, owned by Shanghai United Optical Disc corporation, a joint consortium between China Record Shanghai and Japanese Memory Tech, managers expressed excitement over CBHD. They said that while the components of a CBHD player are more expensive, the homegrown format, with some technology licensed from the defunct HD DVD players at a bargain, avoids about $21 in licensing fees on each player compared to DVD, and even more compared to BD, leaving a much higher profit. Meanwhile, the discs are almost as cheap to press as DVDs. They expect to be pressing over a hundred titles in CBHD within the year, and hundreds next year.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,27 2009 - tech
WinXP to Windows 7: It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride - tech
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Is Microsoft's decision not to support upgrades from Windows XP to Windows 7 going to be a problem? Does this matter to you?
Microsoft is also ignoring the countless businesses that stuck with XP. I hate to admit it, but I work at one of them. Sure, I'm surrounded by PCs running Vista, Win 7, and even the Mac OS, but my work PC is XP (SP2!). My IT department, like so many others, wanted nothing to do with Vista, or the headaches they assumed they'd encounter. Microsoft needs companies to feel comfortable about switching to Win 7. If they can't upgrade from the OS most are using, they'll wait, too.

Obviously, many businesses will wait anyway (I know of some firms still running Windows 2000 and earlier OSs), but this Microsoft strategy will certainly scare off many XP users who were considering an upgrade. There is a bit of good news. Microsoft's decision has left the door open for third-party tools. LapLink (remember them?), for example, has created a utility that will let any XP user upgrade to Win 7.

There are still a few months before Win 7 ships. Perhaps Microsoft can do something on its own, too. Now that Win 7 is in RTM, it's unlikely Microsoft can do anything to the code, but the company could offer its own free migration utility.
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