Items tagged with labs

Google has a history of creating cool new features for many of its offerings and then letting them sit in testing stage for quite a while. The Offline feature of Gmail is no exception. Nearly a year after its initial launch, the Offline Gmail feature is finally graduating from Gmail Labs. After you install Offline Gmail, you'll be able to use the traditional Gmail interface to read and compose email messages, search, and organize messages even when you are away from an Internet connection. In addition, a Flaky Connection mode speeds up Gmail when your connection is unreliable. During the time a... Read more...
Intel held an event on the west side of New York City this week, where the company showed off some of the interesting projects being worked on in a few of the Intel Lablets that are scatted throughout the United States, at various company and university campuses. We were in attendance at the event and snapped off a number of photos to give you all a glimpse as to what was going on.The event was not about showcasing a single product or family of products, but rather a number of interesting concepts that are being developed by Intel's, or Intel affiliated, research engineers.      ... Read more...
VIA and QSound Labs, Inc. Bring Superior Sound Systems to Windows Vista VIA Vinyl Audio and QSound’s QHD enhanced audio capabilities to reach growing Windows PC market Taipei, Taiwan, and Calgary, Canada, 24 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of high performance audio silicon, and QSound Labs, Inc., a leading technology developer of audio and voice software solutions, today announced the delivery of a superior sound system for Windows Vista based multimedia, personal and laptop computers. QSound’s QHD technology is now available on VIA Vinyl High Definition Audio codecs... Read more...
CableLabs, Intel to Bring OpenCable Platform to Future Intel Consumer Electronics Products Member Companies Collaborate to Deliver Innovative Set-Top Boxes for Interactive Services SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LOUISVILLE, Colo., June 25, 2007 — Intel Corporation and CableLabs, the technology consortium of cable operators, announced today that the two companies have signed an OpenCable* Platform Agreement and will include support for the OpenCable Platform in future Intel consumer electronic (CE) system-on-a-chip (SoC) products.... Read more...
OK, this is pretty HOT. We've been waiting for a set of good quality wireless speakers and it looks like we just might have found them. Speaker Power: 36 Watts RMS per channel (5 channels) 130 Watts RMS subwoofer Frequency Response: 35Hz ~ 20kHz THX Certification assures ultimate performance in games and movies Wireless technology eliminates cables between subwoofer and rear speakers. Wireless remote also controls popular compatible Creative MP3 players Advanced satellite design with high-efficiency, three-inch driver and flared port tube for impact, mid-bass output. New dual flared, dual-ported... Read more...
NGOHQ is reporting that Creative Labs is blaming NVIDIA for cracking and other sound quality issues when an X-Fi sound card is installed in an nForce 4 motherboard. This reminds me of the good ol' days of installing the PCI Latency patch on VIA chipset-based motherboards when using a Creative Labs sound card. "We have observed through direct observation of the PCI bus on the nVidia nForce 4 motherboards that when the crackle symptoms are occuring, the Soundblaster X-Fi card PCI bus master memory requests for audio data are being held... Read more...
GamePC has an interesting article on-line detailing their experience testing a Quad-SLI setup. Some of the numbers look absolutely fantastic, while others will leave you scratching your head. There is no doubt that Quad-SLI is the most powerful graphics configuration currently available. But is it worth your hard-earned cash?  That's the question GamePC tries to answer.  If you'd like a second opinion, Dave took a Quad-SLI rig for a spin as well.  His thoughts are in this article from a few weeks back. "Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at nVidia's "consumer-level" Quad... Read more...
TechReport have managed to get their hands on a new Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty to see whether the bundled I/O ports and 64MB of X-Ram warrant the price increase over cheaper models in the X-Fi product line. Granted, this card features the same X-Fi architecture that impressed us when we reviewed the X-Fi XtremeMusic. However, it appears as though the I/O ports can be had in much cheaper X-Fi versions and the performance benefits of the 64MB of XRam were questionable at best.Only Battlefield 2 and Quake 4 even support X-RAM, and neither's use of the X-Fi Fatal1ty's 64MB of onboard memory results... Read more...
GamePC Labs has gone ahead and rounded up four 500GB hard drive's... I still remember when 500MB was a lot. These are some quality drives though, manufactured by names such as Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, and Maxtor. Even though each brand is known for quality, when the drives average around 77 cents per gigabyte, you'll still want to pick the best drive possible."Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at four of the highest capacity disks on the market, all sporting 500 GB of storage capacity. We've got the largest drives on the market from Hitachi, Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital all... Read more...
Beyond3D has posted word from 3DLabs that the company is exiting the professional 3D GPU market and will instead be focusing their attention on handheld graphics. Being a cornerstone of the OpenGL 2.0 spec amongst countless other contributions, the loss of yet another competitive GPU vendor is sure to be a loss for the consumer. Regardless, it is a bit odd to see the company now focusing on handheld graphics. Does anyone else see a strong resemblance to an announcement by BitBoys?"3Dlabs will transition from the shrinking professional workstation graphics market to focus on portable handheld devices... Read more...
Creative Labs X-Fi @ PC Perspective | HH Perspective "If you're on the fence with the X-Fi, consider gaming as a big factor. At the moment there's no real quality improvement (see 24-bit Crystalizer and CMSS-3D) to audio or performance improvement with the X-Fi (see Game Testing). I would wait a few months to see which titles are going to support X-RAM and then decide on a purchase, otherwise your current Audigy 2 ZS will do you just fine which performs and sounds just as good as the X-Fi (minus the X-RAM)." LapCool 3 (LPC-401) @ Phoronix "Do you own a laptop? Do you have a hard... Read more...