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DirectX 10 (DX10) has been one of the hottest topics for discussion and news coverage since the first DX10 compliant hardware appeared in the second half of last year. Touted as the biggest milestone in games development since programmable shaders were introduced with DirectX 8, nearly seven years ago, DX10 has generated a lot of buzz. Unlike the older versions of DirectX which were each built on top of the previous version, DirectX 10 is a completely new beast. With Windows Vista, Microsoft fundamentally changed the way drivers are designed, and they also completely redesigned DirectX from the ground up. Before DirectX 10, each new version of DirectX was an incremental improvement over the previous... Read more...
It's been two years since the New York Times starting charging for "select" content on its site (hence the name), but the paper has admitted defeat and decided to open the content up for all, saying it could make more money from increased ad revenue than the subscription fees.Times Select, the name of the service that charged access to opinion pieces and some news stories, was available to print subscribers for free. Times Select had 787,400 subscribers, including 471,200 print subscribers who received access to the service for free. Of the remaining subscribers, 89,200 readers received free access on college campuses and 227,000 paid either $7.95 per month or $49.95 for the service, depending... Read more...
A web site belonging to the Republican Party for the 1st Congressional Disctrict of Wisconsin has been hacked, and was spreading a variant of the Storm Trojan virus for an undisclosed length of time before it was finally rectified.  While the fact that one of the two primary parties has had a web site hacked is nothing new, the fact that the Storm Trojan is infecting web sites is:“This is the first time that Storm has taken to the Web for its victims, said Dan Hubbard, head of research at San Diego-based Websense Inc. "The big news is that Storm has added infecting sites to its arsenal," said Hubbard.Storm debuted in January but only cracked the top malware lists early this summer, and has become... Read more...
Today Apple sent out invitations to one of its typically hush-hush press conferences.  It's expected that this will be the announcement of the UK version of the iPhone.Apple has began sending out invitations to members of the UK press on Thursday, as it planned to hold an event at its flagship store in London on Regents Street next week. In typical Apple fashion, few details were given in the invitation other than the tagline "Mum's no longer the word." Speculation is rampant, with most analysts expecting the Cupertino company to announce its UK carrier for the iPhone.The UK carrier for the iPhone, though still unconfirmed, is expected to be O2.  One good thing - with all the publicity over the... 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...
Just in case you didn't catch the fresh link at the top of the page on your first visit here today, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, installation, and performance of Ultra’s ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler.  The ChillTec is a bit more than an oversized aftermarket cooler.  This unit marries two technologies into a single package, teaming a heat-pipe tower-type cooler with a peltier and an oversized fan to offer extreme cooling potential.  To help facilitate use of its features, Ultra also integrates an external module that's programmed to control the cooler's functions and report on the current health... Read more...
The Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler is a bit more than an oversized aftermarket cooler.  This unit marries two technologies into a single package, teaming a heat-pipe type cooler with a peltier and an oversized fan to offer extreme cooling potential.  To help facilitate its features properly, Ultra also integrates an external control module that's programmed to control the cooler's functions and report on the current health of the CPU. Based on its relatively unique design and a rather hefty pricepoint, we were eager to delve into the design and performance of the Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU cooler.  Our goal is to see how well the unit performs compared to stock cooling... Read more...
Super Talent Unveils Project X DDR3 Kits The World's most Advanced DDR3 Memory San Jose, California - September 12, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today announced immediate availability of the world's most advanced DDR3 memory kits, dubbed Project X. Project X represents the most advanced DDR3 memory available. It is developed in Super Talent's Silicon Valley Engineering Labs to deliver the highest attainable DDR3 memory performance. Project X memory combines blistering fast clock speeds with aggressively tuned latencies. Project... Read more...
Perhaps in the not-so-distant future, when Patriots Running Back, Lawrence Maroney starts acting a little daffy after running the ball one too many times "up the gut", the training and medical staff of the Pats can defer to the data collected in his helmet recorded over the last few drives up field. Sports equipment manufacturer Riddell is developing new sensor-equipped helmet technology that will flag those crushing blows to the noggin as detected by a series of on-board accelerometers. And there's some big money that could follow behind this tech, as you can imagine...  "To shed light on the biomechanical causes of concussions,... Read more...
It has been quite a while since AMD launched a truly new CPU core architecture.  It was way back in September of 2003 that the first "K8" based desktop processors arrived in the form of the single-core Athlon 64 and Athlon 64-FX.  And while the company has launched a slew of new desktop, server, and mobile processors since then, there haven’t been any major changes made to the base CPU architecture.   AMD did make some modifications to the execution core as they introduced processors for different sockets or with different L2 cache sizes, but overall the architecture remained largely unchanged. Today’s Athlon 64 X2 processors have quite a lot in common with those initial Athlon 64s.... Read more...
Bluetooth and normal Wi-Fi, such as Draft-N, aren't too good for transferring large files, because of interference and other issues.  Scientists are looking into using very high frequencies to develop nwe technologies for short-range wireless data transfer of large amounts of data. While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have emerged as efficient ways to zap small amounts of data between gadgets, neither is well suited for quickly transferring high-definition video, large audio libraries and other massive files. Laskar and other scientists at the Georgia Electronic Design Center have turned to extremely high radio frequencies to transfer huge data files over short distances. The... Read more...
Just two days ago Earthlink announced a layoff of 50% of its workforce  Additionally, they announced that they felt they were going to re-evaluate their municipal wi-fi plans, which included (among other cities) citywide services in San Francisco.  It seems re-evaluation has already taken place, as the San Francisco wi-fi plan, three years in the making, is now dead. The contract, which was three years in the making, had run into snags with the Board of Supervisors, but ultimately it was undone when Atlanta-based EarthLink announced Tuesday that it no longer believed providing citywide Wi-Fi was economically viable for the company. Newsom blamed the... Read more...
What was that old saying?  "The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated?"  This appears to be the case with Quicken for the Mac, despite Internet reports of its cancellation. The Macintosh version of Quicken is s alive and well, according to Intuit spokesperson Jodi Reinman. Reinman refuted reports floating on the Web that Quicken for Mac has been cancelled, in a telephone interview with Macworld on Wednesday. Following Intuit’s announcement yesterday of a new version of Quicken for Windows, some Mac users have asked the company when the next version for the Mac was to be announced. Ill-informed customer service reps employed by Intuit have erroneously told Mac customers... Read more...
It's a mistake to assume that people that are smart about one thing --even a genius-- will have an intelligent outlook about other walks of life. I doubt Einstein would have made a great plumber.  But I'm not so sure about Steve Wozniak.  One of the founders of Apple, he's always got something interesting to say about very diverse subjects. And it might be because he has an intelligent approach to things, not a fixed set of ideas. He's now turned his attention to energy efficiency gains that might be possible in home construction. And as usual, his ideas are fascinating. The term "energy efficient" is rather vague. At some level it implies some form of conservation. I have great reservations... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to update Direct3D to version 10.1 despite the very limited selection of DirectX 10 titles on shelves.Sadly, it doesn’t seem that the new features are likely to be included in a game near you any time soon.  The primary reason is that the SDK has only recently been recently released to developers and driver teams, so there’s no way of knowing when graphics hardware will be ready to support these features in ‘real world’ applications.What does D3D 10.1 bring to the party?  Here’s a tidbit: “Direct3D 10.1 will improve 3D rendering quality in a number of ways. Support for FP32 texture filtering is now required in hardware (D3D 10 requires only 16-bit), which will improve... Read more...
It was recently reported that several first-tier video card vendors had recently been encountering large amounts of defective 2K series Radeon chips.Apparently that report is now being reported as false: “Although the article stated that Asustek Computers, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte Technology all experienced a problem with improperly flashed cards, all three manufacturers have since denied the existence of any such defect. Several product managers and engineers were left scratching their heads when confronted about receiving batches of faulty Radeon HD parts.  ASUS representatives, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claim that no journalists inquired to the company about... Read more...
DigiTimes is reporting that a number of defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 series graphics cards slipped into the channel due to a bug in AMD's diagnostic and validation software.  And it appears that in addition to some smaller players, many of AMD's largers partners, like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte were all affected. "AMD's official graphics card diagnostic and validation software was recently discovered to have a bug that failed to detect defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 graphics cards, according to sources at graphics card makers. Channel vendors pointed out the problem with the cards was due to an error in the BIOS application process. The issue was not only... 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...
July 22 has come and gone and just as anticipated, the Intel price cut is finally here. Unless you've been on vacation in the African plains for the last couple months, living the disconnected life with the local tribes and learning their ways, you've probably heard about this widely reported price cut. The price cuts effect Intel's quad core processors, dropping their price by as much as 50%. The cheapest quad-core Intel has to offer, the Q6600, went down in price from $530 to $266.Intel is also positioning the new Q6700 in the Q6600's former price point at $530. The Q6700 is an un-Extreme version of the QX6700, which it replaces. The QX6800 gets the QX6700's position and now retails for $999.... Read more...
Have you ever wondered why there are so many viruses and other malware out there just waiting to infect your PC(s)?  Is it really possible that there are so many people these days who have the intelligence and the lack of scruples required to make so many viruses?  Or is it more probable that there are a few bright people out there who have let greed override their sense of right and wrong and are willing to sell the fruits of their intellectual labor to others?  It could very well end up being a mix of the two and other factors, but it certainly seems that a program called Pinch could very well be an example of the latter: “One of the most dangerous features of Pinch can be exploited through... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday, to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you all here.  We suspect the shots and info regarding the quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo’s ‘Stranglehold’ will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices.  Check them out at the link below... AMD Consumer Electronics... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday (yes, the same place that Lindsey Lohan had her meltdown a few weeks ago), to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here. We're sure many of you have already seen some of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close and personal with a few of them and can give more insight into their operation.  The various rooms... Read more...
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