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ATI’s FireGL brand of workstation-class graphics cards have played second fiddle to NVIDIA's offerings for some time now. NVIDIA’s rival Quadro lineup has been an incredibly strong competitor, and combined with the fact that the last several FireGL card releases have suffered from late arrival dates and lackluster performance by the time they hit the market, NVIDIA has been able to get a solid foothold in this market. However, with the power of the R600 graphics processor under the hood, ATI has introduced a new lineup of workstation cards which are giving NVIDIA a run for their money in terms of price/performance metrics. The R600 may not have been a tremendous hit for the gaming market,... Read more...
Well, not exactly. It keeps your information on its central, very secure servers. But by using a new software utility for shopping at websites that don't yet accept PayPal payments, PayPal allows you to submit a number for each transaction that is recognized as a valid MasterCard number. They call it PayPal Secure Card."From a merchant's perspective this looks like any other MasterCard transaction," said Chris George, director of financial products for PayPal. "And it's just another PayPal purchase to the customer."Secure Card has been tested by 3 million PayPal customers in the past year. The plug-in will be available to U.S. customers on Tuesday, with international customers to follow.When... Read more...
The question is, are virus writers rejoicing?The service's main new feature is the OneCare Circle, which links PCs together over a wireless connection to make them manageable from a single place. OneCare Circle allows, for example, a parent to see that a child has disabled the firewall on his or her PC and to turn it back on. It also helps centralize data backup by allowing a hard drive connected to any linked machine to serve the whole home network.The service also includes the new Start Time Optimizer, which helps users load only the programs they require at startup, thus accelerating the startup process. In addition, it includes a "Proactive Fixes and Recommendations" feature to help optimize... Read more...
Today, while ATI/AMD still doesn't have a "GeForce killer", it does have a number of competent and competitive low, mid and high-end cards that often score high marks for those evaluating performance from a dollar-for-dollar perspective.  One such model is the Radeon HD 2600 XT.  In this article, we will assess another 2600 XT class card in the form of the MSI RX2600XT Diamond Plus, an aggressively clocked Radeon HD 2600 XT backed with 512MB of high-speed GDDR4. Here's a HotHardware look at the card's gaming performance with a number of quality titles known to stress even the strongest of graphics cards.... Read more...
Speed.  It's the one thing that gets all the attention when most folks consider performance computer hardware.  Whether we're referring to the CPU, Memory, Hard Drive or Graphics card, one of the most important characteristics we consider is its raw performance, wanting to know just how fast a component is compared to others in its category.  Perhaps a better question to ask is how fast does it need to be?  Case in point is the constants battle between NVIDIA and AMD/ATI for who has the fastest graphics card on the market. This time last year the Geforce 8800 GTX was the new top graphics card on the scene, trouncing on every competitor it was pitted against.  This was... Read more...
Although this sounds interesting, it would be nice to see auto manufacturers emphasizing technology that oh, say, reduced emissions (ahem) or increased mileage. Still, Nissan has developed what it calls a "paramagnetic" paint coating.The technology works by running a current through a special polymer applied to the vehicle before painting. This polymer contains particles of 'paramagnetic' iron oxide. With the application of an electric current, the spacing of the oxide's crystals is adjusted, affecting their level of light reflection and thus our colour perception.Cars, being rather conductive metal objects, are therefore the perfect medium for such a technology, with the small current maintaining... Read more...
Late last year, AMD-ATI introduced their first Stream processor, announcing their efforts in  GP-GPU (General Purpose GPU) computing for scientific, engineering and other compute-intensive applications.  Based on the RD580 architecture, the new card fell somewhat silently on the market and we didn't hear much more on the topic until now.  Late last week AMD unveiled their next generation Stream Processor cards, aptly dubbed the FireStream 9170, which is a combination of AMD's FireGL Pro Graphics branding, along with their Stream processor moniker.  This time around the card is built on a 55nm GPU architecture, most likely a close kin to AMD's RV670 GPU that we'll be show-casing... Read more...
An SUV named "Boss" won the $2 million challenge in the DARPA robot race on Saturday.The Tartan Racing Team, based at Carnegie Mellon University, walked away with a $2 million prize on Sunday for coming in first in this year's Pentagon-sponsored robot race, held at a former Air Force base.The team's robotic vehicle, "Boss," turned in the top performance as it navigated itself through the 60-mile (100-kilometer) Urban Challenge course at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville this weekend.The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency took over the deserted base for the past week to offer an obstacle course tailor-made for city traffic. Boss, a modified Chevy Tahoe, competed... Read more...
ASUS Unveils New Generation EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards -- Enjoy amazing combat realism and superb graphics with bundled PC title: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts -- FREMONT, CA (October 29, 2007) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M graphics card for mainstream enthusiasts. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT graphics processing unit (GPU), the ASUS EN8800GT 512MB graphics card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming experience and the best multimedia playback while reducing energy consumption thanks to the new power-efficient 65nm processor. Additionally, with the ASUS proprietary SmartDoctor... Read more...
GIGABYTE Introduces GeForce 8800 GT-Based Graphics Accelerators Experience the next generation of PCI-Express 2.0 gaming with the GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512H-B and Neverwinter Nights 2 City of Industry, CA, Oct 29, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announced the launch of their new graphics accelerator, the GV-NX88T512H-B, equipped with NVIDIA’s latest GeForce 8800 GT graphics processor. The GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512H-B features the GeForce 8800 GT with 512 MB GDDR3 memory, delivering the highest levels of sophisticated game rendering for a greatly enhanced gaming experience. Transporting users into a... Read more...
Asus makes bold claims about their new Xonar sound card being the “best” PC audio card on the market currently.  We took the product to task in an effort to prove out these claims.  At the very least, perhaps a company with the Hardware and Software Engineering resources that Asus has, can deliver reasonable audio fidelity and hopefully a better set of drivers than the likes of Creative’s X-Fi debacle.Read on:ASUS Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 PCI Sound Card... Read more...
Claiming to be the best at anything is bold.  From professional athletes to product manufacturers, stating you or your product is the best out there opens things up for closer scrutiny.  Being the best at what you do, or what you make, means near flawless execution.  Regardless of the context, one thing is certain, if you claim you are the best at what you do, you better be prepared to back those statements up.  This is the position ASUS has put themselves in, stating that their latest product is the best of its kind, period.In this HotHardware showcase we're going to take a look at a new sound card from ASUS called the Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 PCI Surround... Read more...
Global warming is a big issue.  Well, at least to many it is.  Nissan wants to use auto navigation systems to keep traffic moving around snarl-ups, reducing carbon emissions and increasing MPG in the process.The Japanese automaker has launched a major effort to better exploit navigation systems--which are essentially on-board computers--and contemporary communications infrastructures to improve the safety of their cars and boost gas mileage, company executives said this week at Ceatec, the large Japanese trade show taking place outside of Tokyo. One application, currently being tested on taxis in Beijing, feeds current traffic data gathered by sensors in other cars on the road to drivers... Read more...
GPS has many uses, and its use has been expanded to include tracking of teens by parents.  Now it might just prove to get a teen out of trouble.The case represents the first time anyone has contested a speeding ticket in Sonoma County courts using a global positioning system, which pinpoints speed and location using lightning-fast calculations and satellites.All GPS systems installed in vehicles calculate speed and location, but the tracking device in Malone's 2000 Toyota Celica GTS downloads the information to his parent's computer.The family says, based on the data, that Malone was going the posted speed limit of 45 mph on Lakeville Highway the morning of July 4 at virtually the same time... Read more...
We recently brought you a story about Toshiba buying out Sony's interest in the Cell technology, including the production facilities.  What we didn't have at the time was why.  Now we do: Toshiba is planning to use the Cell technology to produce graphics cards.At first glance this concept might seem a little strange as we're used to large, single chip graphics cards with enough transistors to rival or even eclipse modern CPUs.  So why go with smaller, less complex CPUs but more of them?  The answer lies in the fact that graphics is a computational task that readily lends itself to parallel processing.Toshiba is tenetively calling this new technology “SpursEngine” and it seems like they might... Read more...
The slide rule/tin foil hat set is having  a "Singularity Summit"  to discuss artificial intelligence, and they all seem a bit worried. Worried that information technology is getting very powerful very fast, and that might mean that machines will soon be smarter than their makers. They seem to be suffering from an overdose of Gene Roddenberry, but there are interesting questions to be addressed by march of Moore's Law. "We and our world won't be us anymore," Rodney Brooks, a robotics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the audience. When it comes to computers, he said, "who is us and who is them is going to become a different sort of question." Eliezer... Read more...
Everything gets automated eventually. At first, businesses strive for efficiency in workers, and then when the work becomes too boring and repetitive, they go all the way to having a machine of some sort do it. But that could never happen to writing software code, could it?  Charles Simonyi thinks it could, and his company Intentional Software is trying to do just that with its Domain Workbench. Simonyi's five-year-old startup, Intentional Software, is making software so smart that you can simply tell it what you want to do. Lay down a few basic parameters, and it will write its own code. No programming skills are necessary. "Experts [in other fields] can be much more innovative... Read more...
We just got our hands on a few intriguing images that we thought you’d all be interested in checking out.  What you see pictured below is Diamond Multimedia’s VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation graphics card, due to be launched in the coming weeks...       Diamond Multimedia’s 2GB VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation Graphics... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces MicroSD Flash Cards and Adaptors, the Optimal Mobile Multimedia Storage Solution Sunnyvale, CA—August 27, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced 1GB and 2GB microSD cards and adaptor kits to their diverse flash memory series. Making use of the extensive multimedia capabilities of mobile phones and PDAs, OCZ microSD cards are the convenient storage solution for pictures, music, ringtones, and video files on even the most advanced digital electronics. OCZ microSD cards are a necessity for cutting-edge cell phones and mobile accessories that... Read more...
Today Motorola announced which carriers would be debuting the Razr2 when it launches at the end of summer - and it seems like it's hitting almost all of them.  For GSM, Cingular will be carrying the Razr2 V9; for CMDA, Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless will be the carriers of the V9m.  T-Mobile: no such luck, mostly due to the carrier's lack of 3G.  It's possible, however, though pure speculation, that they will get the GSM Razr2 V8. Besides being marginally thinner and more streamlined, the phones offer steel and hardened glass casings; large, higher-resolution displays; and onscreen touch controls with tactile feedback. Carriers were given a lot of freedom as to the design of their... Read more...
AMD Unveils Innovation-Packed Series of ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators Industry’s first 2GB frame buffer, exclusive AutoDetect software, and unified shader architecture deliver more than 300% increase in 3D performance SIGGRAPH, San Diego, Calif. -- August 6, 2007 --At SIGGRAPH 2007 today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced five new high-performance ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators for CAD, DCC and medical imaging professionals. The ATI FireGL V8650, FireGL V8600, FireGL V7600, FireGL V5600, and FireGL V3600 graphics boards are based on the next-generation ATI graphics processing unit (GPU) with an innovative unified shader architecture... Read more...
Tonight we'll kick off the weekend with something off-topic that might just get you fighting mad - as in angry.  We all know the health care system here in the US leaves a lot to be desired in spots.  Insurance companies shafting patients in need, drug companies gouging; you know the drill.  But when the “good Doctor” is too blinded by his own jaded view of the people that he is charged with the responsibility of healing, it’s just plain inexcusable.  We’re all human, sure.  Humans make mistakes.  However, if the pride of something as superficial as our vocational pedigree gets in the way of sound judgment, it quickly goes beyond human – or in other words - inhumane.     "The doctor... Read more...
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