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Intel has announced that they are planning to acquire Havok, Inc., a company that developed the popular Havok physics software used in many leading games.Havok's technology isn't just limited to games.  They also have their hands in numerous other projects including Hollywood movies.  Here's a snip from the Intel press release:Havok's modular suite of software development tools is used by game and digital animation creators to build realistic video games for all types of hardware and digitally animated movies. The company's combination of superior technology and dedication to customers has led to its technology being used in more than 150 of the world's best-known game titles, including "BioShock,"... Read more...
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available Top-to-Bottom Powerful GPU Architecture Enables Breakthrough Capabilities from Ultra-High-End 3D to Professional 2D Segments SANTA CLARA, CA—September 12, 2007—Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled its record-setting NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro FX 4600 professional graphics boards based on an industry-changing unified architecture that delivers high-performance processing, support for Shader Model 4.0, NVIDIA GPU computing, and other breakthrough features. Today, the company extended the family, with the launch of new mid-range and entry-level 2D... Read more...
The music industry just can't admit that the CD, although not dead, is dying.  The latest attempt to save the medium, the "ringle" combines three songs with a ringtone for one price.  But the price they are suggesting isn't one that is likely to grab many buyers. The original version of the song, plus a remix and an older song would be combined with a ringtone download for a single price. While the RIAA has approved the "ringle" term and plans to push for it industry-wide, only Universal and Sony BMG have signed on so far. Ringles will retail for $6-$7 USD, and it is believed that stores will pay around $4 per disc to carry them. So far, Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon have... Read more...
On August 31st, NBC Universal said it would not be renewing its contract with iTunes, after a dispute over pricing.   Later that day, Apple said it would drop NBCU content prior to the fall season - and prior to the expiration of the contract.   NBCU didn't waste any time, as today in a joint announcement NBC Universal and Amazon.com announced NBC television shows will be available on Amazon Unbox. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and NBC Universal today announced that a wealth of quality TV content from NBC Universal is now available on Amazon Unbox (https://unbox.amazon.com), Amazon.com's digital video download service. Amazon Unbox and NBC Universal are offering customers a variety... Read more...
Six million miles, into space no less.  The lightsaber used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker will be flown into space on the space shuttle, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.  And let's be honest, when we talk about Star Wars, despite the "episodes," there is only one Star Wars movie. Doug Mattice, a spokesman for Space Center Houston, said that the prop -- used when Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker and fought Darth Vader -- would ride aboard the shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled for launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 23. It will be docked at the International Space Station and travel around Earth's orbit before returning to Earth.... Read more...
Although many of us place our trust in GPS and satellite navigation, there have been several under-reported stories of people placing too much trust in the units, and driving into dead ends or even to the edge - though not off - of cliffs.  In a problematic area in South Wales, the first official signs in Great Britain warning of such a GPS error have shown up. The signs, introduced by authorities in rural St Hilary, in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, to warn drivers about placing too much faith in the directional gadgets, could be brought in across the country if the trial is successful. Problems were reported after foreign drivers found it difficult to understand phrases such as... Read more...
Earlier today we reported on the hardware unlocking of the iPhone.  But that's ALREADY so over, as the group that operates iPhoneSIMfree.com has created a way to do it in software - and they say it will resists upgrades and restores. The group has not published the details of their unlocking procedure because they plan to sell the service beginning next week.  The event comes almost two full months after the iPhone's widely-publicized release by Apple and AT&T. And, like most cell phones sold through carriers in the US, the iPhone comes from the store locked to AT&T. New purchasers are required to either commit to a 2-year contract with AT&T in order to use it, or go with AT&T's... Read more...
In an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition of Java, which is more well-known to the general public than Sun Microsystems itself, Sun will be changing its stock ticker symbol next week from SUNW to JAVA. "The number of people who know Java swamps the number of people who know Sun," Schwartz wrote. "JAVA is a technology whose value is near infinite to the Internet, and a brand that's inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability)." Sun estimates that 1 billion consumers recognize the steaming coffee cup symbol of Java, it said in a press release. At the same time that they attempting greater name recognition with the new ticker symbol, they are also... Read more...
HotHardware has no idea if the mid-eighties Michael Jackson look of having zippers all over your clothes is going to make a comeback. We were referring to your cellular phone handset. According to Mei-Hui Tsai, president of Empia Technology, touch panels are becoming a very hot component right now, and it's leading to shortages in production capacity for items that use them. And the demand is only going to grow. Currently, handsets equipped with touch panels only account for 3% of the total handset market. However, the number should increase to 40% within five years, pointed out Tsai. Capacitive touch panels, as used in the iPhone, represent the newest technology, while mature... Read more...
When AMD came out with their first 65nm X2 CPUs, a lot of fans were wondering if AMD was going to be in a good position to ramp up their existing X2 line.  If that happened, AMD might have been able to close some of the performance gap between the Core 2 Duo and the X2.Sadly, that never happened.  Instead, fans and hardware aficionados ended up scratching their heads, and have been puzzling over the whole situation ever since.Initially it was rumored that AMD may have been experiencing technical difficulties with the new process, something that is actually quite common in the industry.  A new process often results in a low percentage of viable chips, or yield, until it can be perfected.  It often... Read more...
Anyone that bought an XPS 700 or 710 on or before June 30th of this year is eligible to participate in an upgrade plan that includes a 680i SLI motherboard, and the option to buy a QX6700 at 25% off the price in the Dell store.Of course Dell is selling the QX6700 for $1,119, versus the Q6700 which operates at the same speed but sells for about half the price. “The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset. Dell supports NVIDIA... Read more...
Ziff Davis, one of the pioneering PC publications, has announced plans to restructure in the wake of the decision to not pay its interest portion of the payment on its notes.Ziff Davis presently operates numerous publications such as the Games For Windows Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1Up.com, Filefront, and GameTap. “Jason Young, CEO of Ziff Davis Media, said "We are actively pursuing a considered and reasonable course of action to improve our capital structure as quickly as possible. Amidst a challenging print environment, our digital and event operations are doing well with our interactive segment growing at a faster rate than the industry. We are committed to making improvements... Read more...
2K Games' Bioshock Pre-Orders Available via Steam NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2007 - Valve today announced that BioShock, the highly-anticipated and award-winning first-person shooter by 2K Games is available for pre-purchase now via Steam®. Starting today, gamers can pre-order BioShock on Steam (www.steamgames.com) for $49.95, and begin playing the moment the game is made available. One of the most anticipated games of 2007, BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter that lets players do things never before possible in the genre - turn everything into a weapon, biologically modify your body with plasmids,... Read more...
Microsoft has released a new DirectX redistributable package into the wild for virtually all versions of Windows, including 64-bit versions of Vista and XP.  This is a DirectX9 and 10 end-user runtime update that's not going to show up on the Windows Update website.  It is an official release, however.  "This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product.  The DirectX redist installation includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. This includes the bi-monthly D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components." This is not going to make your Vista framerates jump... Read more...
VIA PowerSaver Certified Energy-Efficient by China's CSC VIA's innovative PowerSaver technology certified by China Standard Certification Center for providing both environmental and economic benefits Taipei, Taiwan, 26 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that its advanced PowerSaver technology has been certified by the China Standard Certification Center (CSC) for its outstanding energy efficiency. The first technology of its kind to receive CSC recognition, VIA PowerSaver was commended for having practical applications in the... Read more...
Nokia has recently launched a new service that allows GPS users to pinpoint their location in one minute, as opposed to the standard three minutes that it currently takes. The service will be available to users of its N95 handset, Nokia’s flagship product. “‘It will be reliably under one minute in most countries,’ says Ralph Eric Kunz, head of Nokia's navigation and mapping operations.” “There are several ways improve the accuracy of cellphone GPS. Most commonly, cellphone base stations provide additional geographical information to help a phone work out where it is.” “Nokia's new service bypasses operator networks altogether, instead relying on extra information about the orbits of individual... Read more...
According to this article on DailyTech, AMD is preparing a chipset that will be the basis for future high-end motherboard, the RD790.  The RD790 is supposedly going to support not only dual CPU sockets, but also up to 4 graphics cards.  This could be the very platform for the next generation “Quadfather”, or “Quadfather 2.0” if you will. “The improved CrossFire multi-GPU technology supports up to four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics cards in Quad CrossFire configurations. Unlike NVIDIA’s SLI, which supports dual or quad graphics cards in SLI, the improved CrossFire solution can take on three cards for improved performance. AMD claims CrossFire scaling with three cards yields a 2.6x performance... Read more...
Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application has clarified a few things. "Imagine that you are watching the latest episode of Friends on television and discover that the character Monica is pregnant. You want to chat, comment or read other viewers' responses to the scene in real-time.""By eavesdropping, Google says it could offer you relevant websites automatically, perhaps even generating them on the... Read more...
AMD Announces the Resignation of Dave Orton, former CEO of ATI SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- July 10, 2007 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Dave Orton, former president and chief executive officer of ATI Technologies, has resigned as executive vice president of AMD, effective the end of July, 2007. “Dave’s passion and relentless drive catapulted ATI into a solid leadership position in each of the company’s graphics, chipset and consumer electronics businesses,” said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and chief operating... Read more...
We’re not necessarily talking about gamers who need to eat more Subway sandwiches here, but rather people who are gaming fanatics.  Enough to dedicate large blocks of time and money to thier hobby.  So who are they and what are their defining characteristics?  A recent survey says that the so-called “Heavy Gamers” make up about 2% of all gamers: “The 2 percent Heavy Gamer crowd comes from about 191 million total gamers, representing just 3.8 million individuals, and yet their wallets pack quite a punch. Heavy Gamers purchased the most titles (13.1 in the past three months), while Avid Console Gamers purchased 1.9 titles, and Mass Market Gamers purchased 2.0 titles. Unsurprisingly, Heavy Gamers... Read more...
It seems that Apple Inc.’s CEO Steve Jobs just might realize his dreams of making the iPhone as popular as the company’s computers and the iPod. Analyst David Bailey of Goldman Sachs Inc. says that sales figures over the weekend may have been as high as 700,000 units, whereas Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster gauged the trading at around 500,000. These figures are at least twice the size of many original estimates. By Sunday night, over a third of Apple’s 164 stores were cleaned out. Even AT&T said that most of its 1,800 stores were cleared within 24 hours. “‘This is a very successfully handled launch,’ asserted Gene Munster in an interview today. ‘The real sign of success would be what kind... Read more...
Dell Computer is opening up a factory in Chennai, India, to manufacture desktop PCs, and later notebooks as well. But the factory is not there to take advantage of cheap labor to make computers for the US market. India's market is poised for explosive growth, and the Chennai plant will be a foothold for Dell in the Indian subcontinent. It wasn't too long ago that India was an afterthought for many people in the computer industry. For years, the country took a back seat to China. For good reason: China has quickly grown to become the world's second-largest PC market, after only the U.S., and it's likely to become No. 1 in the next few years. This year, Chinese are likely to buy 33.6... Read more...
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