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Netflix is about to move from playing, or streaming, the content of others to becoming a player in the content industry itself. According to a report in Deadline Hollywood, the company is on the verge of finalizing a deal for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards," for as much as $100 million. The director would be David Fincher, whom you might recognize from a certain movie called "The Social Network." The deal hasn't been finalized yet, according to the report, but Netflix has reportedly already outbid a number of rivals, including several major cable networks, such as HBO and AMC. Cable only series seem to run around 13 episodes or so per season, and... Read more...
NVIDIA’s and AMD’s graphics board partners usually take differing approaches when releasing factory overclocked variants of each company’s respective high-end GPUs. When NVIDIA launches a new part for example, their board partners typically have factory overclocked versions at the ready, and at launch, it’s sometimes easier to find overclocked cards than stock reference models. AMD’s board partners, however, don’t usually take the same approach. When AMD launches a new ATI Radeon, the first batch of cards to hit typically follow the reference design to the letter, and custom, factory overclocked models don’t arrive until some time later. That’s what happened with the Radeon HD 4870 X2. At launch,... Read more...
NVIDIA’s and AMD’s graphics board partners usually take differing approaches when releasing factory overclocked variants of each company’s respective high-end GPUs. When NVIDIA launches a new part for example, their board partners typically have factory overclocked versions at the ready, and at launch, it’s sometimes easier to find overclocked cards than stock reference models. AMD’s board partners, however, don’t usually take the same approach. When AMD launches a new ATI Radeon, the first batch of cards to hit typically follow the reference design to the letter, and custom, factory overclocked models don’t arrive until some time later. That’s what happened with the Radeon HD 4870 X2. At launch,... Read more...
Although this is not a consumer qraphics platform, the coolness factor alone warrants a peek. Developed on the Quadro side of NVIDIA it is designed for high end CAD and 3D applications. The Quadro Plex 2200 D2 features two of NVIDIA's top of the line Quadro FX 5800 GPUs with a combined frame buffer (memory) capacity of 8 GB.Available in a menacing looking tower or 3U Rackmount form factors this "dedicated deskside visual computing system (VCS)" is sure to pack a polygon manipulating punch.   Breakthrough Visual Computing Power:Professional users can dynamically scale graphics performance, get enhance image quality, and expand their display real estate with NVIDIA® SLI® multi-GPU... Read more...
Oh, well. It sounded so good, and it would have been, too: Gmail adding, through its Labs, the ability to send SMS messages through Gmail Chat and at the same time associate a permanent phone number with your account. Normally, a temporary ID is set, but this would have enabled you and your friends to SMS back and forth without worry. You would have been assigned a number in the 406 area code once you sent your first SMS message. However, Google found a bug, and had to pull back the feature. According to their blog post: Oh snap. Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you... Read more...
Yesterday, at a posh New York hotel suite in Manhattan, Asus held a coming-out event that we decided to attend, mixing it up a little with the glitz-n-glamor set if you will.  With a Jazz band droning in a Miles Davis sort of groove permeating the air, some Champagne, and a sprinkling of model-quality hotties tip-toeing about showing off the wares, Asus wanted to make a statement about their new Eee PC S101.  Above all, this product is about quality and style.  Asus' new Eee PC S101 is a 10" Eee PC variant that comes pre-loaded with Windows XP SP3 and nearly identical specs to the Eee PC 1000H, except for some rather healthy chassis design changes and a selection of higher... Read more...
S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement ApplicationFremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro™, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs. Utilizing an array of S3 stream processors, the GPUs can accelerate parallel data workloads and perform work on thousands of concurrent threads to achieve Gigaflops (GFLOPS) of high-throughput computations. S3FotoPro™ is an example of a computationally expensive process for image quality improvements that is best achieved on a GPU instead... Read more...
Obviously all the extra searches and scans at airports which have followed 9/11 mean that getting through an airport has become a marathon process.  One such part of an airport visit may be reduced in duration, thanks to technology.It all began with Richard Reid.  Reid was arrested on December 22, 2001 for attempting to destroy a Boeing 767 on American Airlines Flight 63, a flight from Paris, Charles De Gaulle International Airport to Miami International Airport, USA, by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes.  And since then, examining shoes has become a constant at not just airports, but at some courthouses and other secure facilities.Israel has introduced a step-on scanner... Read more...
A Computer Mouse Breaks New Ground Working with a mouse for many years can cause pain in the hands, arms and in the neck and shoulders. Scientists at the medical universities of Rotterdam and Maastricht have therefore developed a new mouse called 'HandshoeMouse'. But what can this mouse do that others can't? The mouse – invented as early as the 1960s at the Stanford Research Institute in California – revolutionised the operation of computers. Moving towards and selecting functions, texts and files on the monitor became easy, intuitive and comfortable. It is just that the mouse itself is not comfortable to use: in order to control it, millions of very small movements are necessary with a posture... Read more...
A recent survey of IT professionals reveals that just under half of them (45 percent) were either "not confident or only slightly confident" that they were aware of all the endpoints connecting to their organizations' networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, half of the respondents were also concerned that a security breach on their organizations' networks could jeopardize their employment or that of some of their staff. The study was sponsored by Mirage Networks, a Network Access Control (NAC) provider, and included "194 respondents, representing a variety of IT functions and companies that ranged in size from small businesses with less than 100 endpoints to large enterprises with more than 10,000... Read more...
Last week's Intel Developer's Forum was packed with enough sights and sounds to keep any self-respecting Tech Geek's head turning. So, we've put together a video slide show for you, as sort of a final wrap of the event. Enjoy!... Read more...
Last week's Intel Developer's Forum was packed with enough sights and sounds to keep any self-respecting Tech Geek's head turning. So, we've put together a video slide show for you, as sort of a final wrap of the event. Enjoy!... Read more...
We just received some breaking news out of SIGGRAPH 2008 that we thought many of you would be very interested in. If you recall, one of the capabilities Intel is touting in regard to their upcoming Larrabee architecture is the ability to perform real-time ray tracing. In the graphics space, ray tracing is a technique used to generate an image by tracing the rays or paths of light as they bounce through and around the objects in a scene. When done right, ray tracing can produce photorealistic imagery because shadows are cast correctly, water and other materials show proper reflections with correct coloring, and lighting in general just looks more realistic. The problem with ray tracing is... Read more...
Telecommuting makes a lot of sense. Having information workers gathered into cubicle farms in a central location is so 1960s. The ability to quickly exchange information from remote locations, coupled with the high cost in time and energy to commute to the old office park, makes it increasingly popular now, and probably the de facto standard in the not too distant future. There's one problem in the short term: Your ISP doesn't care if you exist. ...good luck trying to use your virtual private network, or VPN, while sending e-mail and surfing the Web. According to a Forrester Research study released Wednesday, telecommunication companies don't focus on consumers who work from home. As a result,... Read more...
Sony Pictures Television, like every branch of the Sony world, always seems to be swimming around in a pool of twenties. They arrive late, bring money, and buy whatever they like. They apparently like the semi-snarky vlog news site Rocketboom.com a lot; they've acquired the rights to distribute it in all media platforms. They plan on plopping it into their existing Crackle site, which has a large network and is no doubt hungry for things to show to web-savvy hipsters. But seriously; seven figures for Rocketboom? Andrew Baron, owner of Rocketboom, explains: Upon becoming free to make a move, we signed up with Creative Artists, and engaged in months of talks about possible partnerships with traditional... Read more...
Just about a year ago, we posted a link to a trailer for id's upcoming first person shooter / driving game hybrid dubbed Rage. Since then few details regarding the game have been released other than it would be built around a new game engine called id Tech 5 and that Rage would be the first game developed completely in-house since Doom 3. But today, straight from QuakeCon 2008, id has released the first in-game screenshots from Rage...    Acutal In-Game Screenshots from id's upcoming game Rage As you can see, the character models have a gory, yet lifelike look to them and the scenes feature excellent lighting, shadows, and Depth of Field effects. The character models are also highly... Read more...
Throughout most of the 1990s, Diamond Multimedia was one of the major players in the graphics card world.  Their well made cards with solid performance resulted in some of the most well known brand names of the time including the Speedstar, Stealth, and Viper.  After merging with S3 Incorporated in 1999, the resounding failure of their joint contribution: the Diamond Viper II Z200 based on S3's Savage 2000, eventually led to the combined Diamond/S3 company backing away from third-party graphics cards.  In 2003, however, Best Data stepped in and purchased the rights to the brand name and assets from SONICblue Incorporated, including the Stealth... Read more...
Most sites love it when someone links to their story. As long as you only clip a short portion of the story, all you'll be doing, essentially, is driving traffic to the linked site.You would think that "most" would include The Associated Press (AP), but apparently not.Rogers Cadenhead has long run a site called the Drudge Retort at www.drudge.com. Today he posted the news that the site has been targeted by the Associated Press with DMCA takedown orders. AP is complaining about a bunch of posts on Drudge Retort that contain brief excerpts of longer AP stories and links to those stories on other sites.According to the AP, this is copyright infringement. (Here’s the text of the complaint.)If the... Read more...
In somewhat of a coup for them, Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., has landed a few more shows for their burgeoning video vault, including both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show from Comedy Central.We had to check and make sure the press release wasn't a joke, but there are indeed full episodes from both programs available. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering Comedy Central parent company Viacom has not signed on to Hulu, which launched as a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. and does not yet have any other major networks on board.But on the other hand, MTV Networks, the Viacom division that encompasses Comedy Central, has made more distribution... Read more...
According to BitTorrent news site, TorrentFreak, at any given moment, nearly half of all active BitTorrent users are downloading pirated TV shows. TorrentFreak estimates that one of the most popular TV shows, Lost, garners "close to 10 million downloads per episode." According to the Nielsen TV ratings for last week, the two-hour series finale of Lost had 12.3 million broadcast TV viewers. This means that almost as many people are downloading the show as are watching it when it originally airs."People are getting used to on-demand content. They simply want to watch their favorite shows whenever they want, wherever they want. To give some more insight into this growing phenomenon, and because... Read more...
The Wall Street Journal's sixth All Things Digital conference (D6) continues to make news--this time with Sony Corp.'s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, showing off an OLED TV prototype that he claims is a mere "0.3mm" thick, has a contrast ratio of "a million to one," and is "a hundred times brighter than an LCD screen." Sony plans to introduce a 27-inch version within the next 12 months. The TV can be made of either glass or plastic and can be used to produce displays on curved surfaces. The D6 conference released a seven-minute video with clips from the Stringer interview. From 1:53 in to 3:22, Stringer talks about and shows off the display:Stringer showed this next-gen OLED TV technology, sitting... Read more...
There is a significant amount of untapped power to be found in even low-end discreet video cards when they’re simply drawing 2D user interfaces, and Adobe plans to put that power to work in their next version of Photoshop, which is internally being referred to by the code-name "Stonehenge".  Digital media enthusiasts are more likely to know it by the title Photoshop Next when it eventually ships, hopefully before the end of the year. There are numerous theoretical advantages to using the GPU to handle some of the heavy lifting, but theory and practice have a very long history of clashing.  So what kind of real world results can we expect? The primary result after this addition... Read more...
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