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NVIDIA made quite a splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show when they first unveiled their SHIELD portable gaming device. If you missed the original announcement, or the myriad of related posts we’ve put up about the device since then, SHIELD is a Tegra 4-based portable gaming machine that’s packing a 5-inch multi-touch screen, a console-grade game controller, and an unmolested version of Android Jelly Bean. NVIDIA SHIELD Portable Gaming Device In some respects NVIDIA’s SHIELD is simply a small Android tablet with a kick-ass game controller attached. But of course, NVIDIA has injected some of their own special sauce into SHIELD and is leveraging the huge... Read more...
When it comes to advertising, many companies are understandably picky about where their ads appear. That plug for a minivan makes sense in a mainstream magazine, but it’s a little odd if the same ad shows up near adult content. So Facebook announced today that it’s going to begin pulling ads from Groups and Pages that have sexual content. Pages with violent content also won’t be able to display pages anymore. The Facebook ads that will be getting pulled from certain pages are the ones that appear on the right side of the window, and only on pages or groups that have controversial content. “In order to be thorough, this review process will be manual at first, but in the... Read more...
Netflix on Wednesday announced that its subscribers living in the U.S. can link their streaming account to their Facebook profiles. In doing so, Netflix members can see what their friends and family have watched via new "Friends' Favorites" and "Watched by your friends" rows to Netflix. If you link your account, movies and TV shows will automatically be shared within Netflix, and optionally posted to Facebook. "There are few better ways to find a movie or TV series you'll love than hearing about it from your friends," said Tom Willerer , vice president of product innovation at Netflix. "Facebook already makes it easy for our international members to connect with friends over TV shows and movies... Read more...
Yesterday, NBC.com was hacked and the site was infected with malicious software. Several security experts advised users to avoid the site due to the fact that it had been compromised. Since many users presume large organizations such as NBC.com are free from malware, a hack such as this has the potential to reach a large number of people in a relatively short amount of time. According to reports, an iframe on NBC's site loaded a webpage that attempted to download and execute malicious Java and PDF files. As the HitmanPro blog explains, "The exploit drops the Citadel Trojan which is used for banking fraud and cyber-espionage." The attacks were carried out using the RedKit Exploit Kit... Read more...
Nvidia's Kepler packs a number of efficiency and performance improvements, but one of the GPU's major features has been locked away until now. When the company launched their new GPU core earlier this year, Nvidia debuted a new type of anti-aliasing it dubbed TXAA. Unlike other types of AA, which can often be forced on in the driver and applied to any game, TXAA required specific application support. Funcom's new MMO, The Secret World, was patched last week to add TXAA and we took the game out for a spin to see what it looks like. What is TXAA? Click to embiggen Nvidia is still keeping most of the details of TXAA under wraps, but GeForce.com offers this explanation: TXAA is a combination of hardware... Read more...
NVIDIA has a message for its Facebook followers: It's Coming. Two simple words, one of which is a contraction (so three words if you want to count it that way), with no accompanying explanation as to what exactly is on the horizon. A new model graphics card perhaps? Possibly. Could it be a computer case? Judging by the faint outline in the picture (see below), that's also a possibility. Speculation in the comments section of NVIDIA's post is all over the place. Some of the guesses include a GeForce GTX 667, a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690, a chassis, an NVIDIA brand laptop, Transformer 4 tablet, new Quadro graphics cards, and more. "And with this picture they've just made the fine people at AMD crap... Read more...
The folks at NMA (Next Media Animation) News have done it again, with another animated parody using their normal animation style. Their latest subject is the set of new developments in the Paul Ceglia and Facebook / Mark Zuckerberg dust-up. Ceglia sued Zuckerberg in July of 2010. He claimed that in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50 percent ownership in the project that became Facebook [Ceglia and the Winklevoss twins should talk; this may end up being "The Social Network 2"]. Ceglia also said that due to a provision in the deal, Ceglia "would acquire an additional 1 percent interest in the business, per day, until the website was completed." The suit said that by February 4, 2004,... Read more...
Former rapper Will Smith had it completely wrong when he waxed poetic about how parents just don't understand. It's the principal who has it all backwards, or at least that's what you'll hear if you talk to the students of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. So what is it that has students in an uproar? In an email to parents earlier this week, Anthony Orsini, the school principal, pleaded with parents to turn their children away from social networking and to more closely monitor their text messaging. Here's part of what he wrote: Please do the following: sit down with your child (and they are just children still) and tell them that they are not allowed to be a member of... Read more...
Some of the most impressive booths at CES 2010 used walls of screens that were spanned and combined to display one scene. The experience is similar to walking into Best Buy and standing in the middle of the TV section while surrounded with LCDs and Plasmas, but perhaps on a grander scale. While companies have been using this tactic for years in order to leave a lasting impression on consumers, gamers are now able to make use of multiple screens in order to maximize the adventure. Without a doubt, multi-panel gaming is the hottest ticket in the enthusiast scene. While ATI's Eyefinity has been on the market for a few months now, NVIDIA's Surround Gaming will show up very shortly. Here's what... Read more...
On Sunday, the Telegraph posted a story that stated that Twitter was about to introduce video tweeting. However, it looks like this can be filed under unfounded rumor, as noted by a quote from Twitter founder Biz Stone. In fact, the Telegraph story is pretty sparse, mostly being about Twitter in general and some high-profile celebrities who have left of late (such as Miley Cyrus). The functionality, if implemented, would have duplicated the features of third party sites Twiddeo and Tweetube which allow Twitter users to post video tweets by creating links to their own sites. Here's what Biz Stone told Mashable via email today: Haven’t read the piece but no video hosting. 140 characters of text... Read more...
It's pretty amazing, really. While Blockbuster has withered as the world shifted from in-store DVD rentals to by-mail rentals and now to streaming rentals, Netflix has managed to keep itself relevant by staying one step ahead of the curve. Rather than pushing out its own proprietary "Netflix box," it instead created software and an API that could bring Watch Instantly functionality to a whole slew of devices already in the home -- pure brilliance, we say. The mega-successful rental company is making intelligent decisions once more, this time by adding integration to Facebook Connect and launching a new slate of nifty personalization features. On the former, the Facebook Connect tie-in enables... Read more...
You may recall that Chris Avenir, a first-year chemical engineering student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, faced expulsion after it came to light that he had created a Facebook-based chemistry study group.  The horror, the horror!Chris Avenir's apparent exhortation to fellow Ryerson University engineering students to "input solutions" to assignment problems on the social networking site raised the ire of a professor.On Tuesday, the 18-year-old was told that while he wouldn't be expelled he would receive a zero on the assignment section of the chemistry course, which was worth 10 percent of his final grade.Despite that, Avenir still passed the course.He still passed the course... Read more...
A new bill that passed 410-15 in the U.S. House of Representatives could soon spell the end to chat room use on public terminals, like ones found in schools in libraries. The bill is a response to the increasing threat of child predators on sites like MySpace. The problem with the bill though, is that it's a bit vague in its wording, and could be interpreted to mean the barring of any site that a personal profile can be made on (such as hardware forums). So, is it a well thought out bill that will protect children using the internet, or a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that's been around before Myspace was even here? "Even though politicians apparently meant to restrict... Read more...
About three weeks ago, we tested a new Acer notebook powered by ATI's Mobility Radeon X700. With our testing complete, we found the Mobility Radeon X700 to be a well-balanced mobile GPU that offered very good performance, in a thin and relatively light form factor. Then, a few days after that article went live, we were contacted by representatives from NVIDIA and given an opportunity to test a different sort of animal. NVIDIA told us they'd be releasing a new mobile GPU meant for high-end, desktop replacement notebooks. What we ended up getting our hands on was a new Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 with a GeForce Go 6800 Ultra pushing the pixels. The GeForce Go 6800 Ultra incorporates all of the technology... Read more...
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