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LightScribe gives Linux support but a color-capable version is still in resesarch This week, LightScribe announced a new toolkit for Linux that allows users to install and use (PDF) LightScribe-enabled disc burners to create laser-printed, direct-to-disc designs and labels. The new release is publically available and is free as a SDK. The technology was previously only available to Windows users because of the availability of a proper driver and client-side software. LightScribe is a technology that HP is continuing to develop. The technology allows grayscale images to be burned into the label side of a disc, creating an image that's somewhat like a black and white photograph. The depth of... Read more...
This has to be the most ironic twist to ever come out for the gaming console industry.  And it makes perfect sense when you stop to think about how the folks at Nintendo have utterly nailed this release of their latest console with the most disruptive and groundbreaking innovation this market has seen in years.  Go figure... Now it actually pays to get in shape for video gaming? Believe it. Whether your lunging at volleys and serves or slashing at evil villains, you better start thinking about getting that body by lazy-boy physique into gear.  Or you just may lose your edge, all of it...    "In Rochester, Minn., Jeremy Scherer and his wife spent three hours playing tennis... Read more...
Well, this kind of make it official. Here's a review of Microsoft's Zune player, and it's featured on a news outlet with Microsoft in its name: msnbc, and they no likey much. Lately I've been playing with the fruits of that insomnia: Zune, due for sale on Tuesday. I should say, Zune Version One of many to come. The division that created Zune is the same one that created the Xbox project, another very long-term assault on a dominant competitor. Like the Xbox, Microsoft sees Zune as a Long March, and is ready to spend five or even 10 years evolving the product so that somewhere in the mid-twenty-teens, it becomes your music device.... Read more...
Intel Announces Collaboration to Launch Web 2.0 Business Internet Suite SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced at the Web 2.0 Conference today that it is collaborating with several software companies on the launch of SuiteTwo, a business Internet suite. The integrated suite, a family of interconnected services combined to improve productivity and enable high-engagement marketing, is comprised of business Web 2.0 capabilities from leading software companies, including Six Apart, Socialtext, NewsGator, SimpleFeed and SpikeSource. Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital organization, pioneered the assembly of this suite. Intel's Software and Solutions Group plans to make... 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 subwoofer with heavy-duty, eight-inch long-throw driver for room-shaking bass Auxiliary input... Read more...
Imagination Technologies Announces Expanded Multimedia Collaboration with Intel and Investment from Intel Capital 2 October 2006 - Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG; "Imagination") - a leader in System-on-Chip Intellectual Property ("SoC IP") - today announces that it has reached a new major collaboration agreement with Intel Corporation ("Intel"), which extends the licensing and deployment of its graphics and video IP cores for use with Intel's PC, mobile computing and consumer architectures in certain segments. Imagination also announces an investment by Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel. Intel Capital will invest ?5.28m in Imagination,... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES SOCKET COMPATIBILITY PLANS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY COLLABORATION Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its Torrenza Initiative is serving as a collaborative force toward achieving future processor socket compatibility in the server industry.  By leveraging the advantages of AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport(tm) technology, OEMs will be able to standardize on a Torrenza Innovation Socket for many of their current and future server platforms. This game-changing approach to server design will enable OEMs to consolidate server offerings for multiple processors to potentially a single platform, reducing datacenter disruption... Read more...
New Half-Life 2 Trailer Available New footage from the second installment in Valve's first episodic trilogy is now available. In addition to revealing a little more about where the trilogy leads after Freeman's time in City 17, Trailer2 shows off the Cinematic Physics system enabled in the Source Engine by Gray Horsfield and others at Valve for Episode Two. Half-Life 2: Episode Two is targeted for release in Q1 2007 on the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The movie is available for download from a number of locations, like 3D Gamers, GGMania, Filefront, Gamershell and Fileshack. If you have the bandwidth to quickly pull down this movie, definitely take the time to check this out. Visually,... 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 off (not serviced) for very long intervals. We have observed peak holdoffs of up to 2 milliseconds in... Read more...
ATI has just made their Catalyst v6.7 drivers available for download.  Highlights of the Windows Catalyst 6.7 release include: Enhanced Crossfire Support: This release of Catalyst introduces Enhanced CrossFire Support. The enhanced support allows for CrossFire Alternate Frame Rendering mode for Direct3D applications to be forced on by setting the Catalyst AI slider to the Advanced position. Users are encouraged to enable this setting if they are not seeing significant performance gains in applications when Crossfire is enabled. This enhancement is available for all Direct3D applications except for Direct3D applications known not to work with Alternate Frame Rendering. Highlights of the Linux... 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 SLI solution, consisting of dual GeForce 7950 GX2 1 GB graphics cards and their newly released Forceware... Read more...
Infoworld reports that Sony and Samsung will team up to build the world's most advanced liquid crystal display panel factory. The two companies will invest $1.9 billion (USD) on machinery and equipment for the new LCD panel factory and Samsung will spend an additional 940 million to construct the building. The new factory will be located next to an existing plant in Tangjeong, South Korea. Both plants will be operated by Sony and Samsung's LCD manufacturing joint venture, S-LCD Corp. Sony and Samsung will divide the output of the plant equally and use the panels in their own products. The plant is currently slated to open in late 2007. "Strong worldwide demand... Read more...
Intel's Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe) is now available for your purchasing pleasure through Newegg. As with any hot new technology though, you'll be paying a premium to get the latest and greatest from Intel. If you've got $1,360 to burn and a thirst for new hardware, don't hesitate to get started.... Read more...
The demo for 3D Realms' Prey is finally out, offering five single player and two multiplayer levels. 3D Realms has gone ahead and compiled a good list of file mirrors, so head on over. Unfortunately it could be a few days until the XBox 360 version appears on Marketplace.  ... Read more...
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