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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,19 2008 - tech 
Mirror's Edge PC to use PhysX effects - tech
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According to TechReport, Folks with newer Nvidia cards will get a treat if they grab Mirror's Edge for the PC next year. Nvidia has revealed that the PC flavor of DICE's free-running action game will support PhysX hardware acceleration. All you'll need is a GeForce 8 or better graphics card, and you'll be the envy of your console-using friends (you know, the ones who've already been playing the game for a week and counting). Here's how Nvidia describes the PhysX enhancements: "With the NVIDIA PhysX physics engine, the world of Mirror's Edge comes to life with real affects [sic] of wind, weapons impact, and in-game movements. Every-day objects within the game become part of the overall experience. Cloth, flags, and banners can now impact weapons and players; ground fog interacts with the player's footsteps; explosions fill the air with smoke and debris; and weapon impacts are enhanced with interactive particles."  Here's a video of the PhysX goodies in action:

 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,17 2008 - tech
Left 4 Dead Gets New TV Spot - tech
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Valve has unleashed another TV commercial on the eve of the release of Left 4 Dead, its high-intensity, zombie-fleeing shooter for PC and Xbox 360. Left 4 Dead ships to retailers tomorrow and unlocks tonight at midnight EST for customers using the Steam digital distribution service.

We're now about 10 hours away from the game's release!
TechNews - Intel Core i7 Available - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 Available - Ready to migrate to Core i7? Today's your day! Newegg and other retailers are now selling the long-awaited "Nehalem" CPU family and supporting motherboards
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5P X58 mobo tested - Well, you get everything you need, and then a little more really. This is where Gigabyte shines for sure. Simple items as optical SPDIF, 8x USB, two Gigabit Ethernet connection are just great. But where Gigabyte takes the motherboard to the next level are the 10 SATA ports, the POST Diagnostic LED, CMOS switch, six DIMM slots, 3-way SLI compatible, Dynamic Energy Saver.
  • Nvidia: SLI is faster than Crossfire on Nehalem platform - check it out
  • Windows 7 Video Introduction - UI and Netbook Operation - So far the change in Windows 7 that has generated the most press has been the Superbar. This is actually locked in build 6801, probably because it's still in its very early stages, but someone figured out how to unlock it. Once it's unlocked you can see that it's flashy and functional, but not that different from the standard taskbar. The version on display at PDC was improved and it should be even better before the beta, once it's closer to being finished.
  • Ubuntu set to debut on netbooks - Rob Coombs, director of mobile marketing at Arm, said he expected to see the first devices running the version of Ubuntu by the time of the Computex show in June.  The devices will be based around the Arm7 architecture and, in particular, the Cortex A8 and A9 processors.
  • G-Speak - Minority report for the masses - According to Oblong the G-speak platform is in use today at Fortune 50 companies, government agencies and universities. A software development kit that runs on both Linux and Mac OS X is available. Applications are source-compatible across both operating systems and can run on ordinary desktop and laptop computers in addition to gesturally-equipped g-speak machines and clusters.
  • Sweden's Ultra-Modern Underground Data Center (+ pics) - Underneath Stockholm, deep in the bedrock exists a data center better than any high tech lair Hollywood could probably dream up. Bahnhof, one of Sweden's largest ISP's has created a bunker of high tech goodness that is surely to astound.
  • What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science? - Cool read if you like this sort of discussion.
  • Astronomers capture first images of new planets - To identify the planets, researchers compared images of the system, known to contain planets HF8799b, HF8799c, and HF8799d. In each image faint objects were detected, and by comparing images from over the years, it was confirmed that these were the planets in their expected positions and that they orbit their star in a counterclockwise direction
  • Unboxing Sony Xperia X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone (video) - David Ciccone of Mobility Today was lucky enough to get his hands on a brand new Sony Xperia X1 smartphone, unboxing the glorious handset in the video below.
  • New Xbox Experience Quick Look - Major Nelson has posted a small video showing you just how easy it is going to be to update your Xbox 360 to the New Xbox Experience.
  • Obama will record weekly address on YouTube - President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video -- a first. The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama's transition site,, once the radio address is made public on Saturday morning. Obama's First Weekly YouTube Address Can be found here. Looks like Obama and crew know how to reach the youth of America.
  • Watchmen Theatrical Trailer - Big news this weekend is that the full theatrical trailer for Watchmen will be seen ahead of the big new releases
  • 50 Amazing Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography - Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model
  • Dog Malfunction (video) - This dog is clearly defective ;-)
  • Miranda Kerr - Ocean Drive - Nov 2008 - Miranda Kerr was the November 2008 cover girl for Ocean Drive magazine
  • Vikki Blows: Topless Video Game Vixen (NSFW) - If you like video games, and hot naked chicks, then I think you're really going to love these Vikki Blows topless pictures from Front magazine that recreate scenes from the video game Devil May Cry.
  • Brooklyn Decker Sports Illustrated Bikini Photos - Brooklyn Decker is probably one of the hottest swimsuit model I've seen featured in Sports Illustrated in a good bit. She is a very hot and extremely sexy model. Don't you think?
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,14 2008 - tech
TechNews - ATi Catalyst Drivers v8.11 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,12 2008 - tech
TechNews - Google launches video chat for Gmail - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 - Choosing the Best Memory Kit - TechAge  just posted an article taking a look at running varying memory densities and frequencies on Core i7 to see if there is any reason to go with a high-end (expensive) memory kit.
  • Call of Duty World at War 16 card VGA performance test - The budget minded will play the game at 1280x1024. So let's leave out the high-end cards out of the equation for a minute. The reality here is that if you pick up a Radeon 3870 which sell for like 70 bucks these days, you can play this game at 1280x1024 with extensive eye candy enabled, which includes 4xAA
  • Fallout 3 gaming performance test - With its use of the older Gamebryo engine, Fallout 3 doesn't tax GPUs like a game like Crysis, yet it still looks good. hardware enthusiasts with GeForce GTX 260/280 SLI setups or Radeon 4870 X2/4800 CrossFire should be able to crank up the graphics settings to the max yet still get very good performance. ATI's 4870 X2 was clearly the fastest card for this game, with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 280 finishing second overall. The Radeon 4870 1GB also put up a strong showing, we saw a clear performance advantage for the 1GB 4870 SKU over the 512MB part. Considering the price difference between the two cards, we'd urge you to pick up the 1GB board if you can afford to splurge a little.
  • Nvidia Unveils New Quadro FX 5800 with 4GB RAM - The Quadro FX 5800 is launching at $3,499, and its spec sheet looks well furnished: 240 stream processors, fill rate of 52 billion texels per second, 128-bit precision, true 10-bit color support, 102GB/s memory bandwidth (which should translate to an 800MHz GDDR3 clock speed, if my math is right), and "interactive 4D modeling with time lapse capabilities."
  • Asus unveils their N20A 12.1inch notebook - In this tiny package, the N20A packs the full potential of a Core 2 Duo platform while its little brother, the A10, uses the Intel Atom. The list of processors is quite satisfying: Intel Core 2 Duo P9400, P8600, P7350 or T5850. The GPU used is the Intel X4500HD, on a GM45 Express chipset
  • Seagate Responds to Freezing HDDs - Seagate is investigating an issue where a small number of Barracuda 7200.11 (1.5TB SATA) hard drives randomly pause or hang for up to several seconds during certain write operations. This does not result in data loss nor does it impact the reliability of the drive but is an inconvenience to the user that we are working to resolve with an upgradeable firmware. We are therefore asking customers if they feel they are experiencing this issue to give our technical support department a call with any questions. Affected part number: 9JU138-300, 336 with firmware revisions SD15, SD17, or SD18.
  • Ways on how Windows 7 will support SSD better than XP/Vista - First, Windows 7 will turn off disk defragmentation when it detects an SSD instead of a spinning disk drive. Defragging disks speed ups the reading of data from conventional hard drives by moving similar data together. But flash-based SSDs are already fast at reading data. Rather, SSDs are slow at writing data. Moreover, the process of erasing and moving data requires "flashing" the memory cells with high voltage. That gradually wears out the SSD. Defragmentation thus shortens an SSD's lifespan without improving performance.
  • AVG anti-virus mistakenly tags user32.dll - A recent definition update for the popular AVG Free 7.5 and 8.0 anti-virus apps mistakenly tagged a Windows system file and told users to delete it.
  • Google launches video chat for Gmail - Google is rolling out video and voice capabilities for the chat function that is embedded in the Gmail interface. It's a bare-bones voice and video-conferencing service, but it's simple to install and use and is a very good addition to Gmail. Both video and voice chat needs a plug-in. The plug-in requires an Intel-based computer running Mac OS X or a computer running Windows XP or Vista, a Webcam, and/or a microphone. It works with browsers that support the current version of Gmail: Chrome, Firefox 2.0+, Internet Explorer 7.0, and Safari 3.0. No support for a Linux based plug-in as of yet.
  • Visa introduces pin payment card - Aimed at savvy internet users, the Visa PIN card features an alpha-numeric display and a 12-button keypad built into the back of a conventional credit, debit or prepaid card
  • Circuit City files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; lays off more workers - The company, one of the top five retailers in the US for selling games, has now filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This move comes on the heals last week of its decision to close 155 stores in the US
  • Study shows how spammers cash in - Spammers are turning a profit despite only getting one response for every 12.5m e-mails they send, finds a study
  • Korea's Next Generation Rifle With Laser Targeting And Expl. Rounds - The new rifles weigh 6.1kg and are 860 mm long. The exploding bullets have an range of 460-500 meters. The rifles have been specifically designed for urban combat, and the Agency for Defense Development, which has the ironic acronym ADD says the rifles will be ready for combat use in 2009. All that laser guided exploding goodness comes at a price though, the rifles have cost around 18.5 billion won (around $180 million USD) to develop, and each individual rifle costs 16 million won (around $12,000 USD). Due to the new rifles high cost each field unit squad will have two of the new rifles.
  • Walking Assist Device Prototype (video) - On November 7, Honda unveiled a prototype walking assist device that helps support the bodyweight of the user.
  • Dumb Woman Destroys Gas Station (video) - Some dumb woman accidentally reverses into the gas pump then when she goes to hit the brake she instead floors the accelerator.
  • BMW Performance releases 3-Series teaser - BMW has released a new teaser video along with a short message reading: 'Can't wait to see more? Join us again in November when we will show you what genuine driving pleasure is all about. Because with BMW Performance true passion is a matter of course. See you then.'
  • First Trek film footage unveiled - Lost creator JJ Abrams has unveiled footage from his Star Trek prequel at a press event in London. The clips featured US actor Chris Pine as the young Captain Kirk, Heroes star Zachary Quinto as Mr Spock and Simon Pegg as Enterprise engineer Scotty
  • If The Matrix Ran on Windows (video) - MUST SEE! :P - Take the red pill. Get the blue screen ;-)
  • Lindsay Lohan - Harper's Bazaar Magazine - Lindsay Lohan in Harpers Bazaar December 2008 issue.
  • Ashley Greene Maxim Photos - Ashley Greene is the latest babe and upcoming celebrity to hit the pages of Maxim magazine!
  • Lucy Pinder Naked In Nuts (NSFW) - Lucy Pinder is getting much riskier these days. She used to cover her whole body, then she finally showed us her awesome breasts and now she's almost showing us her little kitty. I guess it's only a matter of time before she goes fully nude :-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,09 2008 - tech
TechNews - Intel Core i7 920 Overclocking - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 920 Overclocking and Heat (+ video) -  What do you need in terms of cooling when you bring it up to 3.8GHz with at 1.35 vCore?
  • Rambus Wants To Stop NVIDIA Products From Selling In US - The accused products include NVIDIA products that incorporate DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, GDDR, GDDR2, and GDDR3 memory controllers, including graphics processors, and media and communications processors. The complaint names NVIDIA as a proposed respondent, as well as companies whose products incorporate accused NVIDIA products and are imported into the United States.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7 will run on SSD netbooks - Microsoft claims that netbooks equipped with solid-state drives (SSD) sporting as little as 16GB of storage capacity will be able to comfortably run Windows 7
  • Blu-ray Disc ripper for BD-Live titles released - The software called Blu-ray Disc Ripper 1.4  is believed to be one of the most widely used applications of its type and, at least according to our knowledge, the first to support the BD-Live extension
  • Yahoo! Messenger - Yahoo! Messenger allows you to quickly exchange messages with your online friends. Unlike e-mail, instant messages appear as soon they’re sent. By downloading the application to your computer, you can send instant messages. Other features include voice chat, file transfer, mail and stock quote alerts, sports scores, news, and much more.
  • Tool to Bypass WPA-TKIP to be Released Next Week - As I reported earlier, researchers have discovered a method that bypasses WPA encryption and will release the exploit tool next week. Fret not, for there are fixes you can use, such as switching to WPA2 or changing the WPA algorithm from TKIP to AES. Better check your Wi-Fi networks
  • Microsoft Working on Software Distribution Like App Store - At the same developer’s conference where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ruled out a new bid for Yahoo, he also talked about a new form of software distribution his company is working on that is similar to the iPhone’s App Store.
  • Microsoft Offering 25% Cash Back On eBay - Get this, if you use Microsoft's Live search you can actually get 25% cashback on purchases made on eBay.
  • Bionic hand makes inventions list  - The hand, developed by Livingston company Touch Bionics, was named alongside the Super Hadron Collider in Time magazine's top 50 innovations. It came in at 14th place, beating competition from the latest Mars Rover, designed to explore the red planet. The hand took 20 years to develop and has five separately working fingers.
  • Is Ahmadinejad's wife hotter than Palin?  - The world may never know :-)
  • Claudia Schiffer - Vogue Italia Magazine - Nov 2008 - An older and hotter Claudia Schiffer for Vogue Italia. Enjoy!
  • Very Sexy Pics of Jessica Canizales - Jessica Canizales is an absolute beauty!
  • Olga Kurylenko Does Maxim - Here's new Bond hottie, Olga Kurylenko looking smokin' hot in the German edition of Maxim magazine.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,07 2008 - tech
TechNews - AMD vs. Intel - Which is the Better? - tech
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  • AMD vs. Intel - Which is the Better Processor Right Now? - Depending on what your PC is used for, the answer to the Intel vs. AMD question changes. Users looking towards budget-level PCs (or even HTPC) have a choice between Intel processors paired with the nvidia 9300 chipset, or AMD processors and the AMD 780G chipset. Both routes are more than sufficient for home office or home theatre purposes. Intel definitely becomes a favorite as system prices increase for gaming and content creation platforms. AMD is left in the dust as its older 65nm processors lack the muscle needed to compete with Intel's Yorkfield and Wolfdale 45nm offerings. In the gaming segment, the faster clock speeds of the E8000-series Core 2 Duo processors offer the best performance for dual core friendly applications.
  • Intel to discontinue three 45nm CPUs, seven 65nm CPUs - Three of the doomed CPUs feature the still-latest-and-greatest 45nm Penryn core. Intel will stop taking orders for the Core 2 Quad Q9450, Core 2 Duo E8200, and Core 2 Duo E8190 on January 9 next year. These 45nm processors haven't been around very long, but Intel has already supplanted them with faster offerings at the same price points
  • AMD Employee Charged With Stealing Intel Secrets - Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts say 33-year-old Biswamohan Pani downloaded confidential documents from the chip maker's California headquarters while he was on vacation and actually working for AMD. Prosecutors say AMD had no knowledge of Pani's actions and did not benefit. But they say the information Pani downloaded was worth more than $1 billion in research and development costs, and included details about methods for designing microprocessors
  • 1.5TB Barracuda users complain of random freezes - Judging by several forum threads - including an eight-page discussion on Seagate's own support forums - it looks like the ST31500341AS Seagate 1.5TB hard drive users complain of random freezes under Linux, Mac OS X, and even Windows Vista
  • Controlling Your Computer With Gestures (video) - Mgestyk Technologies has come up with an inexpensive gesture control system that allows you to do stuff like play games, control you computer or surf the net with just hand gestures
  • Microsoft confirms 2009 Windows 7 launch - Finally. After weeks of rumors and hints from other companies, Microsoft has admitted it: Windows 7 will hit PCs in 2009
  • Get ready for full-length movies on YouTube - YouTube will begin offering feature films produced by at least one of the biggest Hollywood movie studios possibly as early as next month
  • Yahoo-Google Ad Deal Dead - It's official, Google has ended its ad deal with Yahoo. I'm sure this will do wonders for Yahoo's already tanking stock. Ouch!
  • Fifteen minutes to crack WPA protocol, says researcher - Cryptographic expert Erik Tews will appear at PacSec security conference in Tokyo next week with his presentation, "Gone in 900 seconds: Some Crypto issues with WPA." There, Tews is expected to show off his discoveries in TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) cracking, that allow WPA to be broken in a brief 12-15 minute window.
  • Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks - Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.5 "Leopard" had strong performance leads over Canonical's Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" in the OpenGL performance with the integrated Intel graphics, disk benchmarking, and SQLite database in particular. Ubuntu on the other hand was leading in the compilation and BYTE Unix Benchmark. In the audio/video encoding and PHP XML tests the margins were smaller and no definitive leader had emerged. With the Java environment, Sunflow and Bork were faster in Mac OS X, but the Intrepid Ibex in SciMark 2 attacked the Leopard. These results though were all from an Apple Mac Mini.
  • AMD and Red Hat Demonstrate Live Migration of Virtual Machines - AMD, in collaboration with Red Hat, today demonstrated (video) for the first time 'live migration' of a virtual machine across vendor platforms.
  • Lenovo Profits Down 78 Percent - Lenovo announced today that its profits are down 78 percent and the company is facing restructuring with possible layoffs
  • iPhone 2.2 firmware jailbroken even before the SDK is out - It's not clear as to how they achieved this seemingly predictable occurrence, and neither is it clear as to what they managed to do with a jail broken phone other than the obvious network switch. It still will give many aggravated AT&T users an open option to switch their carriers even though it invalidates the warranty on the device.
  • T-Mobile G1 Android Phone Has Been Jailbroken - Now that the HTC-sourced T-Mobile G1 has been jailbroken, what can we expect? Well, they say that the jailbreaking process offers full system access with full read and write functionality. In this way, I don't think it'll be long before people try loading emulators on this thing so that it can run other operating systems like Symbian, Linux, or Windows Mobile.
  • CNN Hologram TV First (video) - During the American election Jessica Yellin was recorded as a hologram and beamed into the studio. Wow. Think of the porn implications! ;-)
  • Barack Obama wins presidency, making history - Democrat Barack Obama captured the White House after an extraordinary two-year campaign, defeating Republican John McCain to make history as the first black to be elected U.S. president. Barack Obama told supporters that "change has come to America" as he claimed victory in a historic presidential election.
  • Fanboys trailer - A must watch - This is the official trailer for 'Fanboys' which was scheduled to hit theaters in late 2007 but delayed till 2009, but now the force is strong with this one and if it does not sway to the dark side it will be in screens soon enough
  • Akira Live Action 2011 (video) - People are worried about Akira being translated to an American audience in a live action epic. Well fear not true believers!
  • WTF?! (pic) - This is why WTF was invented  :-) ...Who took a picture of my living room last night? :P
  • Monica Bellucci Topless Pictures from GQ Italy - The Italian edtion of GQ magazine has Monica Bellucci topless on the cover of the November issue.
  • Gemma Atkinson Lingerie Pictures From Nuts Magazine - Nuts Magazine managed to get Gemma Atkinson into some lingerie again! Enjoy!
  • Olga Kurylenko in FHM France - Olga Kurylenko has been featured in the newest FHM France. For those that don't know her, Olga is a bond girl in the newest 007 flick!
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,06 2008 - tech
Army Tries Holograms, Quantum Computing, WoW - tech
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Dr. John Parmentola, Director of Research and Laboratory Management with the Army's science and technology office, told military bloggers Nov. 3 that the Army is "making science fiction into reality" by creating realistic holographic images, generating virtual humans and diving into quantum computing:
For the last several years, the Army has kept a close eye on research into areas of science that might have once been called "paranormal;" its practitioners drummed out of the academy as kooks and nut-jobs. But now the idea of implanting specific memories or erasing damaging ones, for example, isn't mere fantasy. Dr. Joe Tsien, a neurobiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and co-director of the Brain Discovery Institute, has been able to erase certain memories from mice subjected to traumatic experiences in a laboratory environment, Parmentola said. From a practical standpoint, the Army could use this kind of technology to help Soldiers who've been psychologically scarred by staring death straight in the eye. "You can imagine people who have horrifying memories, it would be great if we could eliminate them so this way they're not plagued by these memories uncontrollably," Parmentola said. "We have Soldiers that have this problem, like PTSD and traumatic brain injury, but there are many other examples that occur in the civilian world." The Army plans to highlight Tsien's and other research into the ragged edges of science fiction at the 26th Army Science Conference in Orlando next month, where experts in neurorobotics, high-tech computer displays and quantum physics will explain how Soldiers could benefit from the types of radical science most have only seen on episodes of the "X-Files."
Also, the U.S. Army may use MMO games like World of Warcraft as simulation training for new artificial intelligence that would see use in holographic soldiers for training:
To test out the computer generated humans' "humanity," Parmentola and his researchers want to unleash some of their cyber Soldiers into so-called "massively multi-player online games" such as "World of Warcraft" or "Eve Online" - games frequented by thousands of super-competitive human players in teams of virtual characters fighting battles that can last for days. "We want to use the massively multi-player online game as an experimental laboratory to see if they're good enough to convince humans that they're actually human," he said.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,04 2008 - tech
TechNews - GeForce GTX 260 with 216 SP - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 / X58 round-up - Yet in some cases, the Core i7 undeniably delivers clock-for-clock performance increases over Core 2, along with dramatic gains in absolute performance. In fact, for the average guy, the secret hero of most test results was the Core 2 Duo E8600. If your main reason for wanting a fast computer is to surf the web and play games, you're probably better off getting a fast dual-core like the E8600 than you are picking up a Core i7-920 or any quad-core processor. Game developers keep threatening to really make use of more than two cores, but it just hasn't happened yet.
  • GeForce GTX 260 with 216 Stream Processors Tested - On the whole, overclocked GTX 260 cards with 216 stream processors catch up with the GTX280 in a number of tests. So users will again have to painfully choose what to buy.
  • Sapphire HD4850X2 Tested - The Sapphire HD4850x2 does just what it is supposed to do. Offer performance that is a shade less than that delivered by the baddest card out right now (for the time being). During the gaming tests the little X2 was consistently keeping up with the 4870x2. Of course, some games don't seem to scale with Crossfire but that is a whole other can of worms. When manually controlled, the two fan cooling solution kept the 4850x2 below the 70 degrees Celsius mark.
  • 22 Inch HP Debranded LCD Monitor Tested - This review is going to take a look at the 22 inch HP debranded DVI widescreen LCD monitor. What we have is an LCD monitor originally manufactured by HP that was rather highly regarded as a new product, and it has basically been refurbished by a third party and made available for $189.99 at minus the HP badging
  • Windows 7's new taskbar goes under the spotlight (video) - In essence, the new Windows 7 taskbar merges QuickLaunch with the traditional window management features, showing a set of icons for both open applications and the user's favorite apps. Mousing over an open app shows thumbnails for the windows that belong to it, and mousing over a thumbnail turns other windows transparent to reveal the selected window. Honestly I'd much rather keep this the way they are now. It looks slick but I think it's a bit slower....
  • Alienware launches their first CrossFire gaming PC notebook - Not to be confused with the M17x, this 17-incher is the outfit's very first CrossFire X-enabled notebook, and those with the requisite coin can get one outfitted with a Core 2 Quad / Extreme CPU, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, twin ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs, a WXGA+ / WUXGA panel, an optional ATSC HDTV tuner, up to 1TB of HDD space.
  • New MacBooks Support 6GB RAM - The bad news? Stuffing eight gigs in there 'throws OSX into fits, making it unstable for actual use.
  • New worm exploits critical Windows bug - A worm that exploits the bug Microsoft patched in an emergency update 11 days ago is actively attacking systems, several security companies and researchers said Monday. The worm, which Symantec Corp. labeled Wecorl but was dubbed MS08-067.
  • Core Security finds critical Adobe Reader hole - The vulnerability affects version 8.1.2 of Acrobat Reader, a patch is in the works
  • Crashing The iPhone - The bug Zambrini found is in the audio portion of Apple's video format
  • Nikon's D90 Through the Eyes of a Video Pro - As a digital SLR, the D90 meets industry benchmarks - more super-duper-mega-pixels than last year's model
  • Best Buy Lies To Sell TV Calibration Service  - To sell its special HDTV calibration service, this Best Buy in NC set up two identical model HDTVs, both showing ESPN. The problem is one was showing ESPN HD and the other one was showing just regular ESPN.
  • Dennou Figure ARis - A webcam doll that interacts with your (video) - Geisha Tokyo Entertainment has released the Dennou Figure ARis which is an augmented reality figure which allows you to play with a real cute cat or even with your very own cute doll. There is now no need for you to have a desktop screen stripping screensaver
  • Complete List Of Closing Circuit City Stores -  Circuit City is closing 155 stores and withdrawing from 12 markets
  • Games 'to outsell' music and video - UK sales of video games and hardware will surpass spending on music and video for the first time, a report suggests.
  • MDS Brings Skynet One Step Closer with Expressive Robot - Nexi is a robot that is able to learn and can interact with humans using speech, expression, and body language.
  • Crazy Driver Smashes Into Traffic Jam (video) - When you crash full speed into a bunch of stopped cars, causing mass destruction, don't expect your insurance to cover it.
  • Roxanne McKee Maxim Photos - British model Roxanne McKee heats up the pages of Maxim UK magazine, December 2008.
  • Olivia Munn in a Bikini (video) - What could be better than checking out Olivia Munn? How about Olivia Munn interviewing herself along with some wet bikini footage? Gotta love a girl with a sense of humor.
  • Jessica Biel's Naked Photos: Her Worst ;-) - Actress Jessica Biel has said that she regrets posing nude for a magazine photoshoot when she was 17.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,01 2008 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7 security improved? - tech
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  • Intel Roadmap Slides Leaked - TechARP has some slides detailing Intel's mobile CPU and chipset roadmap for the year
  • Does Core i7 Hyper-Threading Helps? -  Check out Core i7 performance on 3DMark Vantage, CineBench 10, Crysis Warhead and Far Cry 2 with and without Hyper-Threading
  • Elsa unveils shorter, cooler GeForce 9800 GTX+ - Said to also be up to 7 degrees Celsius cooler than the stock version, the Gladiac 998 GTX Plus V2 comes with a 256-bit memory interface, PCI-Express x16 2.0 connectivity, DirectX 10 and SLI support and dual-DVI with HDCP. The card is expected to become available in Japan in the next few days.
  • New Shuttle barebones has dual-core Atom - Shuttle has announced the X27D, a small-form-factor barebones PC that includes one of Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processors
  • Windows 7 security: An overall improvement? - Gone is the Security Center, introduced in Windows XP SP2. Instead, there will be an "Action Center" that incorporates alerts from 10 existing Windows features: Security Center; Problem, Reports, and Solutions; Windows Defender; Windows Update; Diagnostics; Network Access Protection; Backup and Restore; Recovery; and User Account Control
  • Google Makes PDF Files Searchable - Google, using optical character-recognition technology, can now scan PDF files, turn them back into text and make them available as search results via the 'View as HTML' link. By turning images of text into text, Google expands its already massive index
  • Trojan virus steals banking info - The Sinowal trojan has been tracked by RSA, which helps to secure networks in Fortune 500 companies. RSA said the trojan virus has infected computers all over the planet
  • Exchange Client for Android in the Works -  Aardvark promises realtime, wireless synchronization of email, calendar, and contacts
  • Google testing SMS chat feature for online to mobile chatting - Users can SMS their existing Gmail chat contacts by opening a chat window and selecting the option to send an SMS. Once you enter their phone numbers, it will save the digits in your contact entries
  • Retrial Date Set for $222,000 Piracy Judgment - The retrial for the RIAA's landmark $222,000 judgment against Duluth, Minnesota woman Jammie Thomas will begin March 9, after a federal judge tossed out the original verdict last month. In a first-of-its-kind four day trial last October, a jury found Thomas liable for copyright infringement at a rate of $9,250 per song. Of the 1,700 songs files that the RIAA said Thomas made available, it elected to seek damages on 24 of them – from artists such as AFI, Green Day, and Aerosmith – reaching the breathtaking grand total of $222,000.
  • World's First Fully Function Artificial Heart Costs $192,000 - The heart is based on bleeding edge technology found in satellites and aircraft. The heart beats nearly like its organic counterpart and operates using similar feedback as well. It uses electric sensors to monitor and control heart rate and blood flow.
  • Corvette ZR1 Races Nissan GT-R (video) - Some people are saying that the new Nissan GT-R is one of the first real Japanese supercars, but how does it stand up against the Chevy Corvette ZR1? Inside Line pits these two monsters up against one another. The Nissan GT-R may be known as Godzilla and it's able to keep up with Corvette off the line, but can it keep up that pace through to the finish line?
  • Ford SmartGauge Makes 2010 Hybrids Even Prettier (video) - When the new Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid roll out in 2010, they will come equipped with a new Ford SmartGauge instrument panel. A conventional speedometer occupies the center, but it is flanked on either side by video screens shown your EcoGuide. How are you using that power? What's your current MPG? You know, that kind of stuff
  • 'Star Wars' - an a capella tribute to John Williams (video) - Star Wars fan Corey Vidal splits his personality into four equal parts and pays tribute to the legendary John Williams who has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielberg's feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, E.T., Born on the Fourth of July, Harry Potter, and more. The video is annotated with titles of each John Williams piece
  • KATT WILLIAMS Cartoon - 'Gangsta Tigers' - (Edited Version) - ClydeTV and Clyde's Comix presents Katt Williams' "Gangsta Tigers" audio from Katt Williams' new stand-up DVD IT'S PIMPIN' PIMPIN' available Nov. 11.
  • World's Largest Homemade Waterslide (video) - 100 yards... this just looks friggin' awesome. These guys built what may just be the world's largest homemade waterslide and emptied it into a lake.
  • Nice try, penguin! (pic)- check it out
  • Traci Bingham on promotion campaign!? (photos) - Busty Traci Bingham on promotion campaign!? Promoting what? :-)
  • Kendra Wilkinson Is Sluty Girl - check it out!
  • Vikki Blows Topless Calendar Pictures - Vikki Blows is not just hot overseas, she's hot right here in her Vikki Blows' 2009 Calendar photos! For those that follow this model, Vikki has been showing a lot more of herself. Not only is she topless in Loaded magazine, she's topless in many of her 2009 calendar photos, as well!
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,30 2008 - tech
TechNews- Intel 80 core CPU should come in 5-7 years - tech
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  • Athlon, Core 2 architectural efficiencies compared - If you go shopping for sub-$100 processors right now, you'll be faced with two main contenders: Core 2-based Intel chips and AMD Athlon X2s. The Athlons typically have higher clock speeds for the price, but their Intel rivals often perform better. Why?
  • Intel 80 core CPU should come in five to seven years! - Here're some additional details and pictures of Intel 80 core CPU
  • Nehalem Benchmarks -  A scan of the November Issue of the Greek version of the PCWorld Magazine
  • HP launches Mini 1000 and Compaq Mini 700 netbooks - The Mini 700, will sport a 10.2-inch WSVGA Display with flush glass panel (1024 x 600, 16:10 ratio), be powered by the Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor and come with a 60GB hard drive or the option of an 8GB or 16GB Solid State Drive. Other features include a webcam, Wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and optional WWAN, a SD card slot
  • OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7 - Windows 7 is designed to replace Windows Vista as the main operating system for Windows-based PC users. With Apple's OS X Snow Leopard also under development, PCWorld met up with Ian Moulster, Windows Live Commercial Lead for Microsoft to talk through some of Microsoft's key ideas and discover what the next-generation of operating systems aim to offer both Mac and PC users
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Released - Canonical Ltd. announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition for free download on 30 October. In related news, Canonical also announced the simultaneous release of Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition. Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition is designed for the pervasively connected digital lifestyle. With new 3G network support, users can move smoothly from wired and WiFi networks onto 3G cellphone networks while traveling. Ubuntu 8.10 is also built to be shared - users can start a quick "guest session" on the fly and let someone use their computer to surf the web or check email, while maintaining the security and integrity of their own data. And if that person really enjoys their brief session as an Ubuntu guest, they can put Ubuntu on any USB key and take it home to install on their own computer rather than having to burn a CD. As a bonus, all Ubuntu 8.10 users will be able to enjoy programming from the BBC, with high quality streamed content available through the default media players in Ubuntu 8.10. Canonical has worked with the BBC to make sure that much of the material is available to users in all locations.
  • Google Moves To OpenID - Google announced last night that it will become a single sign-on provider using OpenID solutions. This will allow Google users to login with their Google account information when signing up for new accounts on other sites
  • SecondLight: Surface on Steroids (video) - SecondLight works by projecting two different images from beneath the table. The table surface itself is formed of a liquid crystal display that switches between frosted and transparent states when electrical voltage is passed through it. By rapidly flicking the screen between the two states, the table appears as permanently diffuse, displaying an image like an ordinary Surface table. The screen is, in fact, transparent for half the time. And during these periods then second image is beamed on to the paper, confusing the eye into believing it's seeing two images simultaneously. Using an infrared camera, the secondary "display" can also be used as a multitouch surface. What's more, it can display video.
  • Blu-ray is Dead! - Blu-ray is in a death spiral. 12 months from now Blu-ray will be a videophile niche, not a mass market product predicts this ZNET Blog. With only a 4% share of US movie disc sales and HD download capability arriving, the Blu-ray disc Association (BDA) is still smoking dope. Even $150 Blu-ray players won't save it.
  • InternetVue 2020 Wireless PC2TV Receiver Review - The InternetVue 2020 virtually eliminates the need for an HTPC in the home as your regular PC becomes the HTPC, no matter where it is in the house. As the name suggests you can also hook the InternetVue 2020 directly to the internet and enjoy streaming videos and more though the built in browser without having to even turn on your computer
  • Apple iPhone Getting Microsoft Office Documents To Go - The developers of Documents to Go - and Microsoft Office documents editor for BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian - are finally bringing it out for the iPhone.
  • How to repair the biggest science experiment in the world - Physicists are close to finalizing a repair plan for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator located at CERN, near Geneva in Switzerland.
  • Creepy Talking Robot Head (video) - Robotics engineers at the University of Bristol have developed a rather creepy talking head that can mimic facial expressions.
  • TRANSPORTER 3 Trailer - in theaters 11/26 - Transporter 3, starring Jason Statham. In Theaters November 26.
  • Pedobear & Loli - Halloween 2008 (pic) - Pedobear always gets all the damn chicks at the costume party. What gives?
  • Jennifer Ellison - Loaded Magazine - Jennifer Ellison is also featured in the December issue of Loaded magazine!
  • Dalene Kurtis Is Late Night Lingerie - This blonde babe was Playboy Playmate of the Month for September 2001 and Playmate of the Year for 2002. Yeah, that was a long time ago, but these photos were recently released and hell they may even be new!
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,29 2008 - tech
Radeon users get new hotfix for Far Cry 2, Clear Sky - tech
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AMD has relase a new Catalyst driver hotfix which offers performance improvements for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems, for the DirectX 10 version of Far Cry 2 on both single and CrossFire compatible systems, and for the DirectX 10 and DirectX 10.1 version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky on both single and CrossFire configurations at higher resolutions. You can grab the second hotfix from this page for both Windows Vista and Windows XP in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Once again, AMD says this release only applies to owners of graphics cards from the Radeon X1600 series to the Radeon HD 4800 series - check out the download page for a full list.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,28 2008 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7 pre-beta build: What's inside? - tech
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  • Windows 7 pre-beta build: What's inside? - Windows 7 pre-beta will introduce Device Stage, Action Center, a new framework for user-interface animations, and StreamOn. ArsTechnica has first look at Windows 7 -  The taskbar has changed significantly, and there are a number of other changes
  • Microsoft Launches Windows Azure - During Microsoft's keynote at PDC 2008, Ray Ozzie announced a version of Windows that runs over the Internet from inside the company's data centers.
  • Exploit code for Windows critical bug available - Hackers and security researchers regularly reverse engineer patches after Microsoft release them in an effort to get workable exploit code.
  • Sonic Vox iPhone voice manipulation app - Turns you into Darth Vader (video) -  Sonic Vox shifts and contorts your voice while you are talking, turning the iPhone into a magical microphone of sorts. # Transform your voice even more. Simply swipe your finger up and down and hear what happens, hear what happens... Use it like a phone, with headphones, through an amplifier, or over Skype
  • Google Earth Officially Invades World of Apple iPhone (video) - The satellite view in Google Maps is pretty good already, but Google Earth is just so much more intense. With the Google Earth app for Apple's handhelds, you can move around, zoom in and out, and tilt the device for some funky effects as well Yeah, it's probably just a novelty, but you can probably find some use for it. Check out the video below for a demonstration of what you can expect. The app, as with most things from Google, is free and can be found through the App Store.
  • Is Surfing the Internet Altering Your Brain? - The Internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work with a neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order. The good news is that surfing the internet is making you guys super brainiacs. The bad news is that it is also turning some of you into internet addicts with Attention Deficit Disorder. Heh, what now? :P
  • E-Ink Development Kit Demo - Talking about e-paper and its many applications is one thing, seeing it in action is another thing altogether. I can totally see newspapers of the future being like this
  • Face Visualizer project turns us all into meat puppets (video) - No, the music is not controlled by facial contortions. Rather, Daito-san's face is twisted to the music via electrical-pulse stimulation -- 10 channels in total, 8 to control his facial expressions, 2 to keep the music and face in sync. No pain, no gain lol :-)
  • HDTV Prices Fall 22 Percent in September - LCD and Plasma HDTV prices are coming back down and, with any luck, those prices will continue to fall through the holiday season. Save your pennies, the TV you want ought to be really cheap after Christmas
  • Google Chrome (pic) - Anthropomorphic Google is scary...check it out
  • Likely To Vote For Obama? Then You Can't Vote! - Here we are again. Every four years the Republicans come up with the same 'October surprise' of removing from the voter rolls as many as possible of the people likely to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. Because a majority of the federal judges are Republican appointees, the Republican election officials tend to get away with this illegal activity. Why I write about politics here? Good question. Well, I really don't like George Bush...and McCain is another George Bush, so pls vote Obama.
  • New Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince Trailer - There is a new Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince trailer!
  • Danielle Bux Maxim Photos - Danielle Bux is featured in the November issue of Maxim UK and might I add that Danielle looks great!
  • Nadine Velazquez in FHM Magazine - Nadine Velazquez, the ridiculously hot star from NBC's My Name is Earl, heats up the pages of German edition of FHM magazine. Enjoy!
  • Nadine Velazquez Can Touch Her Toes! - Nadine Velazquez is also in the new Loaded Magazine, so make sure to check it out!
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,26 2008 - tech
TechNews - AMD Phenom X4 9950BE Tested - tech
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  • AMD Phenom X4 9950BE Tested - AMD understands that it cannot compete against Intel's high performance and thus they have strategically placed the X4 Phenom 9950 BE at an affordable price. The processor is currently available at price of $184.00, just sandwiched between the Intel's dual-core E8500 running at 3.16GHz and Intel's quad-core Q8200 running at 2.33GHz. So, the processor is very competitive price-wise against Intel.
  • AMD fixed missing shaders on HD 4830 card via BIOS update  - AMD released a video BIOS update that fixes the issue and makes available all the 640 SPs. AMD will be circulating this BIOS to all its press contacts and add-in-board (AIB) partners, to make sure the issue is isolated and fixed. The updated BIOS file can be downloaded from here.
  • NVIDIA Far Cry 2 Beta Drivers #2 - NVIDIA now offers another set of beta ForceWare drivers, which are now up to version 180.43, enabling NVIDIA SLI on Intel X58-based motherboards and offering further improvements in Far Cry 2 performance
  • Windows Vista SP2 Beta Next Week - Some of the features to be included with SP2 are native Blu-ray recording in Vista, Windows Search 4.0, a Bluetooth 2.1 feature pack and more.
  • The Risk of Waiting for Windows 7 - Are you XP users willing to wait until 2010 for a new version of Windows?
  • How to Unlock T-Mobile G1 Without Activation - This procedure will let you go through most of the T-Mobile G1's features without actually activating a SIM card from T-Mobile. If you're not quite prepared to sign a two-year contract, you can actually use the T-Mobile G1 on Wi-Fi alone. It's a simple five-step process.
  • iTunes glitch censors song titles - A temporary error with the UK's iTunes Music Store has caused some inoffensive song titles to be censored. Tracks affected include Hot by Avril Lavigne, which is displayed as H*t, while The Cheeky Girls' biggest hit has become Cheeky Song (Touch My B*m).
  • Underworld 3 Trailer - The official Underworld: Rise of the Lycans trailer is out. And looks pretty good! This is what the Underworld franchise should have been from the very beginning. Oh yeah...adding one of the hottest women on the planet, Rhona Mitra, doesn't hurt either :P
  • Behind the Scenes of SAW V - Now in Theaters - SAW V is now playing in theaters everywhere!
  • LOL Planes (pic) - Looks like a Pixar movie :-)
  • So, You Were Saying? (pic) - check it out
  • Wasssup remix (video) - Remember those Budweiser "Whasssssssssupppppppppppp!!!" ads, that made you want to crush and kill everyone in your pat? :-)
  • Give me a boost (pic) - I almost right-clicked and looked for 'show image' ...
  • The Best Obama video yet, making the close!  - He isn't going to be able to do everything he promises, but if he accomplishes what he said are the three most important: energy independence, affordable health care for all, and education reform then I think his presidency will have been a great success.
  • Cameron Richardson Has Still Got It! - These Cameron Richardson photos show that the Skin Deep actress still has some hotness to be reckoned with!
  • Hayden Panettiere Flashes Her "Panties" - If Hayden Panettiere would have lifted up her skirt and there had been a sexy ass thong or at least something that remotely resembled lingerie under there, I might have at least had gotten slighty excited. Instead, now I'm going to just sit here and sulk :\ Maybe next time they can dare her to not wear any panties at all. Or a dress, for that matter. At least Hayden looked really good, showing off as much cleavage as she could. That part was hot.
  • Jessica Biel Brings Her Hotness to Marie Claire - Yep, Jessica Biel is like the complete package, except for the acting skills. Okay, she's pretty good at that too if the part involves her taking her clothes off.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,24 2008 - tech
TechNews- Far Cry 2 performance with 17 VGA cards - tech
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  • Intel cuts Core 2 Quad Q6600, Q8200 prices -  The 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad Q8200 has dropped from $224 to $193 in 1,000-unit quantities, while the old Core 2 Quad Q6600 has slipped a tad from $193 to $183
  • Far Cry 2 performance with 17 VGA cards - Any somewhat modern PC will allow you to play the game
  • Input Lag and You: Dell 2408WFP report - Some research online indicates that the 2408WFP has 'input lag' issues, but most reports indicate that it is 'not significant' in reality. Yes, some benchmarks measure it to be up to and around 50ms, but how does that ACTUALLY affect the end user?
  • Think Firefox 3 is fast? Try Firefox Minefield -  After spending some time with Minefield, one thing is clear: the future of Firefox is fast. Lightning fast. How fast? Some claim that it has the fastest javascript engine on the planet, which means it leaves Google's Chrome browser in the dust.
  • Google Launches Gmail for Mobile 2.0 - Google has announced Gmail for Mobile 2.0 for J2ME-supported devices. The mobile mail app is available now and can be downloaded by accessing Google's mobile page.
  • Windows 7 to RTM within a year? - As the WinHEC conference is an annual affair, providing the conference isn't cancelled next year then this would put Windows 7 on target for a RTM before November next year
  • 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows - PCStats' 101 tech tips and tweaks for Windows guide has a little bit for everyone in it from novice to advanced users
  • LG turns it's eyes to solar panel production -  The company will invest 220 billion won (US$167 million) to replace its A1 PDP line with the two solar production lines
  • Bill Gates' mysterious new company - Bill Gates next venture is a think tank? According to this article, people close to Gates say that this is not a commercial venture but there are things that suggest it might be. Who knows...
  • Mysterious 'dead water' effect caught on film (video) - Researchers have recreated the mysterious 'dead water' effect in the lab to better understand how it slows down ships.
  • Soldiers of Misfortune (DOD:S & GMOD Machinima) - The flashback story of a U.S. Army Ranger (Xanatos) and his journey behind enemy German lines in Italy involving a fellow American soldier (STEV) and a British POW (WolfeR).
  • Friday the 13th, Watchmen - Trailers Online - I have to say that Watchmen already had me 100% ready to go see, and now it has me heart and soul. I cannot wait for this film.
  • Gisele Bundchen Topless In American Photo - Gisele Bundchen is appearing in a shoot even hotter than her GQ football inspired spread from earlier this year.
  • Marisa Miller does Complex - Victoria's Secret Angel Marisa Miller heats up Complex magazine, striking some raunchy poses for bikini photo-shoot session for the cover and pages of the publication's November 2008 issue
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,23 2008 - tech
Far Cry 2 Widescreen Issue, EVGA bundle - tech
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The official Far Cry 2 Forums have word that widescreen support in Far Cry 2 is actually a cropped version of the 4:3 video, reminiscent of a similar problem, or design decision, from BioShock .If this is the same as the BioShock widescreen issue, then its being completely overblown by people wanting an excuse to whine as usual. I've seen comparison screens for the BioShock issue and what people were getting pissed off about amounted to basically losing the bottom half inch of your wrench, nothing that affected the gameplay experience at all. The Widescreen Gaming Forum is all over this, as is their way, and there are hopes for a fix for the just-released first-person shooter sequel soon, official, unofficial, or both (thanks BluesNews, VE)

In Far Cry 2 related news, EVGA has announced a promotion where they will be bundling a copy of Far Cry 2 with their video cards but this time the cards are GTX 280, GTX 260 and GTX 260 core 216.
Nvidia GPUs support DX10.1 features in Far Cry 2 - tech
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Bit-Tech reports that Nvidia GPUs will support the DirectX 10.1 features implemented into Far Cry 2 via an extension to DirectX 10 that's supported in all of Nvidia's DirectX 10 hardware.
Today, we have gathered some more information from Ubisoft on the implementation and it's quite an interesting one because the capabilities are also enabled on all Nvidia GeForce 8, 9 and GTX 200 GPUs, even though they don't comply with DX10.1's requirements. "The Ubisoft team wanted to enhance the anti-aliasing through the reading of the multisampled depth Z-buffers, explained Vincent Greco, Worldwide Production Technical Coordinator at Ubisoft. "This feature was enabled by either using DX10.1 or using a DX10.0 extension supported by Nvidia DirectX 10 GPUs." All of Nvidia's DirectX 10 GPUs support a superset of DX10, but don't fully support all of DirectX 10.1's requirements so Nvidia cannot claim compliance with DX10.1.

When we asked what DirectX 10.1 features Nvidia supported back in May, the company was very cagey, with Tony Tamasi claiming that "the red team will go out and try to get every ISV to implement things that aren't supported [by our GPUs] for competitive reasons. That really isn't good for game developers, Microsoft and also for us too. So I'd rather not say what [DX10.1] features we don't support. I can tell you that one thing we support for sure is reading from the multisample depth buffer [with deferred rendering], which right now seems to be the thing that people are finding interesting in 10.1. And so for the ISVs that are doing that, we're supporting them directly [and exposing the feature to them]," explained Tamasi.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,22 2008 - tech
Nvidia Forceware beta drivers for Far Cry 2 - tech
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AMD put out a driver hotfix for Far Cry 2 yesterday, and now Nvidia has followed along the same lines with a new beta graphics driver release. According to Nvidia, the ForceWare 180.42 beta driver supports GeForce 8800-series, GeForce 9, and GeForce GTX 200-series GPUs, and it's "recommended for the best experience" in Ubisoft's open-world shooter. You can grab the GeForce 180.42 beta drivers for Windows Vista x86, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, and Windows XP x64. Since this is a beta release, we probably wouldn't recommend it to folks who value overall stability more than a potentially better Far Cry 2 experience.
 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,21 2008 - tech
Far Cry 2 Ships; Performance Evaluation - tech
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Ubisoft today announced that Far Cry 2 has shipped to store shelves for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Far Cry 2 has an ESRB of 'M' for Mature and will be available at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59.99 for Xbox 360 and the PS3 and at $49.99 for PC. In related news, OCC has published a new review on the Far Cry 2 Performance Evaluation: "As you can see, the performance of the cards scales in proportion with their capabilities, with the faster cards getting the higher scores. All of them performed at a level that is still playable. When the AA is cranked up to 8x with all settings to ultra high, the cards do see a severe performance drop. The HD4850 went as low as a 12FPS average."
TechNews - Free Far Cry 2 With GTX 260 & GTX 280? - tech
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  • Free Far Cry 2 With GTX 260 & GTX 280? - Some rumor claims Far Cry 2 will be bundled with all NVIDIA GTX 260 and GTX 280 cards (at no charge to the card makers). Obviously this means that those of you that were planning on buying either of these two cards soon might want to wait a bit and see if there is any truth to the rumor.
  • Crysis Warhead and Stalker CS - Multi-GPU Gameplay - Are the days numbered for video cards with 512MB memory per GPU when it comes to HD gaming? It sure looks like it.
  • Nvidia to leave only six partners - Fudzilla reports that Nvidia will 'very shortly' prune its partners list and leave only six companies: Asus, EVGA, MSI, Palit, XFX, and Zotac. But according to Graham Brown, Marketing Manager at BFG Technologies, BFG will stay a nvidia partner producing recent/upcoming GeForce cards. "This is just another Fudo classic. He needs a better source", he said.
  • How to Hack Any Linux Machine in 30 Seconds? (video) - A short but complete guide for hacking any linux machine in just 30 seconds.
  • Microsoft's Patent For Automatically Censoring Audio Data - Gamers may soon be a little shielded from voice chat stupidity on Xbox Live, as Microsoft has been granted a patent for real-time censoring in voice communications (bleeping words in an audio stream).
  • Kevin Rose demonstrates Qik application for the iPhone (video) - Kevin Rose of Digg gives a demonstration of Qik, an application which uses the iPhone's camera and using either the cellular data connection or a Wi-Fi data connection streams the video. Previously only available on jailbroken phone the Qik application will soon be available on iTunes.
  • New Get a Mac ads make more fun of Vista (video) - Two new Get a Mac ads have hit the airwaves.
  • Panasonic Fuel Cell Has 20 Hours of Power - Panasonic says the fuel cell will be positioned at the underside of notebooks and provides about 20 hours of power with 200cc of fuel. The prototype weighs just 320 grams. The fuel, highly concentrated methanol, can be stored in bottles.
  • Funny and Painful Paintball Gun Prank (video) - Some friends rig a paintball gun up to shoot their buddy in the knees as he steps through the door.
  • Toyota iQ gets first commercial (video) - The spot is high-concept, with no boilerplate screaming about powertrains or showing the car oversteering across the screen, but you can tell that the car looks like a Scion xD that's been treated to a cut-n-shut for a length under three meters. Pronounce it "ick" if you like, but when your competition is the Smart, it's hard not to look, uh, smarter
  • Crowpath - Chased, caught and charged (video) - Video for the song "Chased, caught and charged" from the Fullength album 'Son of sulpher'. Wow :-)
  • Cheerleader Gets Knocked Out By Bad Shot (video) - A cheerleader standing on the sidelines gets hit by a missed shot on goal and is almost knocked out from the ball. Ouch!
  • 25 Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas (pics) - Check out these photos of crazy jack-o-lanterns to inspire your Halloween carving.
  • Obama slams McCain for calling him a 'socialist' (video) - Worth watching....he also made some great points, McCain has accused him of "restributing the wealth" by getting rid of the Bush tax cuts for the rich - but he made the point that McCain is also "redistributing the wealth" himself; he's just doing it the other way around, by taking it from the working and middle classes and giving more and more to the rich. This is a valid point to make in light of the "socialist" nonsense coming out of the McCain camp...
  • Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones Funny Or Die Video - Here's another lame video from Funny Or Die where we've got Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones solving the economic crisis on Wall Street.
  • Sexy Hot Geri Halliwell Bikini Pictures - She may be one of the most glamorous women in pop, but Geri Halliwell admits to a self-conscious streak whenever she strips down to her bikini in public. The Spice Girl, whose weight has fluctuated over the years, recently posed for her first bikini photo shoot in seven years. The 36-year-old shows off her toned beach body in this week's issue of Hello! magazine.
  • Miranda Kerr Topless FHM Magazize Pictures - Here's gorgeous supermodel Miranda Kerr in the latest FHM UK Magazine. Now that's how you make a bikini sexy!