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MAINGEAR Releases Powerful, High Definition, Low-profile Media CentersBased on AMD’s Innovative 780G chipset with ATI Radeon HD Graphics Union, NJ – MAINGEAR Computers, the premier high performance boutique integrator in North America is proud to announce the immediate availability of their new Axess HD Home Theater media center.  Featuring 1080p Full HD graphics courtesy of the AMD ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU, the included Universal Video Decoder provides for a stunning high definition experience with advanced post processing and superior up-scaling capabilities.“Whether you want to watch high definition over the air television, Blu-ray movies at 1080p, or just listen to music or look at... Read more...
This has to be the most screwed-up Service Pack release we've ever seen, and we've seen plenty of them. While Microsoft said SP1 has been released to manufacturing, it also said SP1 wouldn't be sent to end users for six weeks. And it even pulled one of the prerequisite updates yesterday after issues with it. Yet today end users with 64-bit Vista installs are seeing SP1 in Windows Update.Not a whole lot to say here, but if you're running Vista on an x64-based system, you've probably already noticed a little surprise courtesy of Windows Update, which today started pushing out the x64 edition of Vista Service Pack 1. If you've been following things in SP1 land, you'll notice that's actually ahead... Read more...
Finally, finally we exercise-deprived Americans have a solid date, as Nintendo announced today at the Game Developers Conference that the Wii Fit will release on May 19th in the United States.Wii Fit demonstrates Nintendo's commitment to gamers of all kinds. It combines fun and fitness for every member of the family to keep active and play together. Wii Fit launches May 19 in the United States and comes with the weight-and-motion-sensing Wii Balance Board that Nintendo representatives demonstrated could hold great promise for future game development as well. Third-party publishers are already working on new games and applications that will make use of the Wii Balance Board. Additionally, Wii... Read more...
OCZ Releases the PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB kit, One of the Fastest High Density Memory Solutions Available Sunnyvale, CA—February 7, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB, one the fastest high density kits in the world. Incorporating all the features that make the Reaper HPC series the top choice among gamers and overclockers, this ultra high-speed DDR2 is designed to meet the growing demand for faster high density memory for both productivity and gaming applications. With the price of top-speed DDR2 more affordable to a wide range of consumers, the Reaper HPC 4GB kits... Read more...
Promises, promises.  Can it deliver?The technical trick of Skyfire is that it's a proxy browser. The Skyfire app itself isn't a full browser. Instead, big Skyfire servers elsewhere process Web pages, including all the media and browser formats -- like Flash, Java, and Ajax -- that a normal desktop browser would handle but that most phones can't. Then it streams data to phones, which the mobile half of Skyfire displays. To the end user, it looks like a browser, but the mobile app is just one part of the product.This means that Skyfire can do things on mobile phones that mobile browsers, including Safari and Opera, cannot, at least not without bogging down the phone. The danger is that the... Read more...
We've been wondering how much performance benefit there might be for 64-bit software on the desktop ever since AMD started talking about the Sledgehammer series of chips nearly a decade ago.  Now that 64-bit is here, in various forms of implementation, we're getting our answers.  Some of the most interesting answers might come from recent tests that "the rest of us" might be curious about.  OS X's latest build has 64-bit support without losing its 32-bit compatibility, and a very interesting performance trend emerges:“...The performance difference between the 2.8GHz and 3.2GHz Mac Pro isn’t as great as the difference between running 32-bit code and 64-bit code. In fact, the 2.8GHz... Read more...
Certainly the RIAA and MPAA feel an IP address can be used to ID a person: that's the whole basis of their lawsuits to collect money from downloaders.  So why can't the EU believe the same?Germany's data protection commissioner, Peter Scharr, leads the EU group preparing a report on how well the privacy policies of Internet search engines operated by Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and others comply with EU privacy law.He told a European Parliament hearing on online data protection that when someone is identified by an IP, or Internet protocol, address "then it has to be regarded as personal data."His view differs from that of Google, which insists an IP address merely identifies... Read more...
While it isn't a surprise to see Apple releasing new models based on the latest and greatest Intel CPUs, today's updates to the Mac Pro are far more than a simple CPU bump.“Other improvements include 2GB (2x1GB) of RAM standard, PCIe 2.0 slots, built-in Bluetooth standard, and an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT video card with 256MB of memory and two dual-link DVI ports, supporting dual 30-inch displays out of the box.Processor options include: single 2.8GHz quad-core, dual 2.8GHz quad-core, dual 3.0GHz quad-core, and dual 3.2GHz quad-core.Video card upgrades include NVIDIA's GeForce 8800GT with 512MB of memory, and the Quadro FX 5600 with 1.5GB of memory.”There are no performance numbers in from Mac review... Read more...
What's new is old again, it seems. Security researchers are warning consumers to be cautious about using items like freebie flash drives that are given out as souvenirs at trade shows and similar events.  There are recent reports of malware being loaded onto removable storage devices like USB flash drives, and even digital picture frames.In mid-December, Kaspersky Lab senior virus analyst Aleks Gostev penned a blog post describing his experience with an infectious Compact Flash card for his digital camera. "We've already written more than once about viruses and worms which spread via removable storage media by launching automatically from autorun.inf," he said. "A number of users have also... Read more...
“IBM has licensed its next-generation technology for manufacturing processors to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., the largest Chinese chipmaker, the companies said Wednesday. The partnership spotlights the growing technical abilities in China, a country that's already a manufacturing powerhouse for lower-tech products. Terms of the IBM deal weren't disclosed.”Acquiring 45nm technology could very well be the first step in China's eventual entry into the mainstream CPU arena.  There are already numerous home-grown chips being developed and even manufactured in China, but it would seem likely that Chinese firms would want to break into other markets instead of just serving as... Read more...
Just in time for the weekend, AMD has released a brand new set of Catalyst drivers.  The Catalyst 7.12 suite incorporates a number of performance tweaks and bug fixes for all flavors of Windows.  A quick glance at the release notes reveals the following interesting bits of information... Enhanced ATI OverDrive support for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 SeriesThis release of Catalyst introduces an enhanced version of ATI OverDrive for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series. Users can now Overclock both GPU engine and graphics memory clock speeds in CrossFire mode (and over-clock single ATI Radeon graphics accelerators as well). Performance Improvements The following performance improvements are... Read more...
Duke Nukem Forever is one of the quintessential examples of vaporware. In fact, it's held up as such in the "vaporware" Wikipedia article. And you can bet hundreds of times the "Forever" part of the title has been said to mean how long it will be in development. That said, a new game featuring the iconic Duke Nukem would be a hot seller, and that makes this big news.3D Realms promised that as of 10AM PST today, a Duke Nukem Forever "teaser trailer" would be available.  And wonder of wonders, the trailer was not vaporware!  It showed up.  Unfortunately, the servers are really overloaded.However, an enterprising soul uploaded the video to YouTube, and here it is, for all our readers... Read more...
To say that Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), developers of many of the most notable MMOs, has had a brain drain over the past few years is a massive understatement.  They've lost any number of great talents, and had to dig deep to bring some, such as Brad McQuaid, back.It seems that the latest person to be moving on will be Scott Hartsman, Senior Producer of EverQuest II, a game that has required us to upgrade our hardware more than almost any other.  We're still not sure we think our systems run it as well as we'd like, but it isn't as if we need a reason to upgrade when new gear hits the streets anyhow.Here's a tidbit from his personal web site:“I’ve never been a fan of saying goodbye,... Read more...
Well, not exactly, but pretty close. The Turing Test is a proposition first offered in the 1950s that tests a computer's ability to fool a human into thinking it's another human, using only natural language text interaction. Well, now there's a Russian website named Cyberlover.ru that sells a software utility that engages women in flirtatious chatroom conversation, up to ten at a time, all the while harvesting personal information that the unwitting conversationalists offer up. An Australian anti-virus software firm, PC Tools, has warned that the software could be abused by identity fraudsters trying to harvest people's personal details online. The Russian site denied it was intended... Read more...
A lot of people, businesses included, have more or less decided to skip upgrading their OS to Microsoft Vista. Windows XP works for them, is well supported for foreseeable future, and many feel they can skip a generation and wait for Vista's successor, dubbed "Windows 7" to come along. Gartner Research VP Michael Silver thinks that might be a mistake, for large businesses, anyway....while Microsoft will support business versions of Windows for at least 10 years and Windows XP will be supported with security fixes into 2014, many software vendors won't support their products on Windows XP that long and won't support new versions of their software on older operating systems.For Windows XP, software... Read more...
For those who not only want to be on the bleeding edge, but want to be as fast as possible as well, Mtron has introduced the first SSD hard drive for consumers that, according to them, can  reach data read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Based on their success in high performance SSD products for high-end servers and storages, Mtron has been able to develop high performance SSD for consumer purposes as well. With their new SSD MOBI, Mtron now offers variety of premium consumer SSD products in affordable price range.Mtron SSD MOBI (2.5inch, 32GB standard) will be priced around $650 (USD), which is 30% cheaper than current Mtron SSD products for industrial servers. It offers the best performance... Read more...
Inspired by the Release of Crysis, OCZ Technology Releases New DDR2 and DDR3 “ReaperX” Memory Kits—Two Extreme Solutions to Power a New Era of GamingOptimized to Support the Next Generation of DirectX-10 Games, OCZ Heightens the Standards for Premium Gaming MemorySunnyvale, CA—November 15, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled two high-speed, high-capacity memory products designed with hardcore gamers in mind. Itching to experience the incredible graphics and FPS action of EA’s highly-anticipated Crysis®, gamers across the world will improve their gaming experience from upgrading their PC components... Read more...
Cash?  Nope, you can't buy an iPhone with cash any longer.  Nor can you buy more than two, as Apple has instituted new policies to prevent reselling of the devices.The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person. "Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift," Kerris said. "We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."Reselling?  As we know from when the iPhone debuted,... Read more...
In a recent Web 2.0 conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer declared that the company wasn't changing their acquisition strategy.  The Redmond Giant will continue making smaller purchases in the $50 million to $1 billion range instead of larger, multi-billion dollar purchases.“The CEO of the world's largest software maker said it is logical for people to speculate that main rivals would join forces to take on an industry leader. In this case, Ballmer was referring to dominant Web search leader Google.Microsoft historically has shunned costly acquisitions, opting to purchase lots of less expensive companies. But company watchers saw this year's $US6 billion acquisition of digital advertising... Read more...
AMD Licenses 3D Graphics Core Technology to QUALCOMM, Delivering The Ultimate Visual Experience to Tomorrow's Phones Advanced QUALCOMM Wireless Chipsets to Include AMD Graphics Technology for Immersive Mobile Gaming SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- AMD (NYSE: AMD - News) today announced an agreement to license cutting-edge graphics core technology to QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, for next-generation chipsets. This intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement is part of each company's ongoing commitment to drive a strong mobile gaming ecosystem and unleash state-of-the-art graphics across a range of handheld devices... Read more...
In what was pretty much a repeat of a March decision in which Vonage was found in violation of Verizon patents, a federal jury today ruled that Vonage is in violation of seven Sprint Nextel patents.Vonage has been ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages plus 5% royalties on all future revenue, though the defeated company said this afternoon it will file an appeal. Today's decision comes six months after Vonage lost a very similar case to Verizon. There, the VoIP provider was ordered to pay Verizon $58 plus 5.5% in royalties on all future revenue.If you are a Vonage customer, it might not be a bad idea to start shopping around ...... Read more...
A report from Forrester Research paints a bleak picture for sales of next generation DVD players. They estimate that at least another eighteen months will roll by before many consumers make up their minds to buy one; and until then the two formats will fight it out in low-level trench warfare until one or the other is embraced by consumers. Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder stood behind his company's view that Blu-ray would eventually win out over HD DVD, but he said the Blu-ray camp needs to cut prices. A stand alone Blu-ray player sells for about $500, while HD DVD players cost about $400, and prices are expected to drop further... Read more...
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