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Virtual learning has been a big hit with time-starved adults who have jobs and other obligations and still want to continue their education. Now it's becoming more common for students from grades Kindergarten through twelve to get their education, or at least part of it, through virtual classes. Estimates of elementary and secondary students taking virtual classes range from 500,000 to 1 million nationally compared to total public school enrollment of about 50 million. Online learning is used as an alternative for summer school and for students who need remedial help, are disabled, being home schooled or suspended for behavioral problems. It also can help avoid overcrowding in... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto has always served as the poster boy for video games that drive parents and government officials up the wall. Take-Two Interactive Software took a lot of heat for the violent and sexualized content, and made a whole lot of money selling it.  But they've had trouble coming up with a follow-up to their signature title.  It looks like their gamble on the new first person shooter -sort of- called " BioShock" is just what the doctor ordered for their ailing bottom line. The game is part first-person shooter, horror flick, and morality tale. Players explore a failed underwater utopia torn apart by clashes over a DNA-altering substance that bestows health and superpowers.... Read more...
Another day, another report of tight supply of finished electronic goods due to shortages of lowly but vital components like IC chips and printed circuit boards. According to Digitimes, Nintendo will have to continue to delay expanding production of its wildly popular Wii gaming console because of  component shortages. With the delay of its plans, any easing of the Wii shortages in the worldwide market is unlikely to be seen in the second half of 2007, said the component makers. Since Nintendo launched Wii in November 2006, the company has only introduced the games console in select regions such as the US, Japan, Europe and Australia. Worldwide accumulated shipments of... Read more...
2K Games' Bioshock Pre-Orders Available via Steam NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2007 - Valve today announced that BioShock, the highly-anticipated and award-winning first-person shooter by 2K Games is available for pre-purchase now via Steam®. Starting today, gamers can pre-order BioShock on Steam (www.steamgames.com) for $49.95, and begin playing the moment the game is made available. One of the most anticipated games of 2007, BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter that lets players do things never before possible in the genre - turn everything into a weapon, biologically modify your body with plasmids,... Read more...
We know some of you like to jump right down to the news, so w e’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new P35 chipset-based motherboard shootout here at HotHardware in which we pit the Asus P5K3 Deluxe against the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  The P5K3 Deluxe is positioned as a premium product, with a price tag to match.  And we put it up against another heavyweight, the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  Both boards feature elaborate cooling hardware and overclocked well past the 2GHz FSB mark.  Click the link below and check them out... P35 Shootout: Asus P5K3 Deluxe vs. Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6... Read more...
According to our current poll, Bioshock is one of the more highly anticipated games scheduled to be released, with only Crysis and UT:3 receiving more votes.  Well, it turns out that Bioshock fans are a little bit closer to getting their hands on the final game. As of last night, the demo for Bioshock was made available for download on the Xbox 360.  And according to the 2kgames website, a PC version of the demo is only a few weeks away... "The BioShock demo, announced after the world premiere of the BioShock launch trailer on Spike TV, has just now gone live on Marketplace. Boot up your 360s and get downloading. Rapture awaits. For those of you who are looking for a BioShock demo on the PC,... Read more...
Electronic Arts, the behemoth of all things PC and Console gaming, is teaming up with old-fashioned toymaker Hasbro to adapt a bevy of Hasbro's titles for video gaming. EA figures the appeal of the rainy day board game will help them to win over the community of people who do not currently play hardcore gaming titles. These "casual" gaming customers are the new Holy Grail of  developers -- the Wii people. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, adds momentum to the casual gaming trend, which has taken off in the past couple of years. The video game industry has long talked of broadening its appeal beyond traditional gamers to families, women and adults. But with the... Read more...
SIGGRAPH, short for Special Interest Group for Computer GRAPHics, is an annual conference on computer graphics attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals from the computer graphics, CAD, rendering and interactive technology industries. At this year's conference, held in San Diego from August 5th to 9th, NVIDIA will premier an animated short film called "The Plush Life". The film, which features two plush characters named Lundo and Flint and their adventures while joyriding in their 1969 Buick Electra, is the brainchild of Timothy Heath of the NVIDIA Digital Film Group and is the first of several films which will showcase NVIDIA's Gelato GPU-accelerated rendering software. The film,... Read more...
As hardware enthusiasts, our enthusiasm for the latest and greatest PC gear often surpasses our bank account's ability to fund another upgrade. That's when we fall back on the always practical approach to maximizing our bang for the buck. Thankfully, this usually doesn't equate to buying products we're too ashamed to put in a modded case. Many companies cater to the more value conscious crowd while still bringing in enthusiast-oriented features. One example of a product that offers a lot of bang for the buck yet maintains a fair amount of enthusiast-oriented features is the NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI chipset. MSI and Abit both offer nForce 650i SLI motherboards that pack a lot of great... Read more...
A study conducted by Hope Cummings of the University of Michigan and Elizabeth Vandewater of the University of Texas at Austin sampled a group of adolescents, both gamers and non-gamers, from around the U.S. to find out where they find the time to play games and what parts of their lives suffer as a result. They found that boys spent an average of 58 minutes playing games on weekdays and one hour and 37 minutes playing on weekend days. They also found that girls spent 44 minutes playing on a weekday and an hour and four minutes playing on weekend days. To make time for all this gaming, the study found that male gamers spent less time reading while female gamers spent less time doing... Read more...
Before we close out the week, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, bundles, overclockability, and performance of two Intel P965-powered boards for Core 2 processors, the Asus P5B-E and the MSI P965 Platinum. One board is targeted at budget conscious consumers and the other is fully loaded with CrossFire support and multiple RAID controllers. Click the link below and check them out...Asus P5B-E vs. MSI P965 Platinum... Read more...
There's something to be said for Intel's chipset release practices.  Typically, each major revision has consisted of multiple versions: a powerful, enthusiast high-end chipset, and then a number of slimmed down versions.  Note, we say "slimmed down" instead of "stripped down", as much of the architecture and feature set remains untouched.  The result is usually a plethora of mid-range boards that are cheaper than the flagship models, that have a few limitations or exclusions in comparison to the upper-end boards that not every user will necessarily need or want. In the case of the 975/965 chipsets, there a performance vs. price stigma still exists with the 975 Express generally... Read more...
Daily Mail has a story posted today regarding a breakthrough TV screen developed by Sony.  We've all been hearing about the possibility of super-thin flexible displays for a while now, but Sony just took another step closer to making them a reality in the marketplace... "The display combines Sony's organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display, it said. The latter technology is not as widespread for gadgets as the two main display technologies now on the market - liquid crystal displays and plasma display panels. Although flat-panel... Read more...
IBM announced today that they're going to integrate the "Cell" processor used in Sony's Playstation 3 gaming console into IBM mainframe computers. The Cell is very well adapted for performing the calculations needed to generate 3 dimensional images, and IBM wants to keep up with technology that any multiplayer virtual world application takes for granted now. "As online environments increasingly incorporate aspects of virtual reality -- including 3D graphics and lifelike, real-time interaction among many simultaneous users -- companies of all types will need a computing platform that can handle a broad spectrum of demanding performance and security requirements," said Jim Stallings, general... Read more...
Spanish Wi-Fi startup Fon has convinced Time Warner Cable to allow home broadband customers to turn  their connections into public wireless hotspots using Fon's hardware. It's a sort of take a penny leave a penny format for subscribers to the service, and they call their members "Foneros."  "La Fonera splits a Wi-Fi connection in two: an encrypted channel for the Fonero and a public one for neighbors or passers-by. Foneros can decide how much of their bandwidth to share with the public and can log on to any Fon router without charge. "Aliens," as Fon calls nonmembers, can register on a Web page and pay a modest $2 or $3 for 24 hours of access. In the U.S., where it costs $10... Read more...
Charlie from The Inquirer has been lurking behind closed doors at IDF in Bejing and stumbled upon a couple of HP workstations with interesting GPU configurations. One machine had a pair of NVIDIA GPUs, the other a pair of ATI GPUs.  What they both had in common, however, was that they were PCIe 2.0 compliant. "That was a move that took me, personally, by complete surprise. Neither set of cards were identified, but they both were running two cards on 5Gbps links. It was only about a month ago that NV showed off their chips behind closed doors at the PCIe SIG meeting. ATI wasn't there. Now, they are both here, and both are working." Check out the pics and more of the story... Read more...
Samsung  announced Friday they'll be selling a  disc player that will play either HD  DVD or Blu-ray discs.  Should be available by the end of the year. "Consumers are hungry for more HD content but are currently confused about competing formats," Dongsoo Jun, executive vice president of the Digital AV Division at Samsung," said in a statement."Samsung's Duo HD player will allow consumers access to every HD movie title available regardless of the authoring format."Samsung is not the first to announce it would offer a duo-format player. LG Electronics, also based in Korea, unveiled its device in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Still nothing that will  play your Criterion... Read more...
Dialing information on your phone usually costs over a dollar. No thanks. Google's begun offering a free 411 service; just dial 800-GOOG-411 and yell what you're looking for into the phone, and hope your accent doesn't throw the automated service off.The service applies speech recognition technologies to figure out what you're searching for, and using speech synthesis to read the results back to you. Users can receive their results as a text message to their current number by saying "text message, and Goog 411 can connect users directly to a found business. Unlike some other automated 411 services, Goog 411 users can't be connected to a live operator, so users searching for something the system... Read more...
Matsushita announced today that they'll soon be selling 42-inch plasma TVs with high definition screens. You can already buy plasma hi-def screens that are larger than 50 inches, but this signals that plasma makers are trying to compete with LCD in the smaller, more affordable ranges of hi-def sets.   Matsushita hopes to challenge liquid crystal display TV makers by providing a better lineup of full high definition models, which can produce images with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. Matsushita is the world's largest plasma TV maker and competes with Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sharp Corp. in the $84 billion flat TV market. April 27 in Japan, internationally soon... Read more...
There are certainly a lot of assumptions in there, but an interesting read nonetheless. Perhaps the funny thing is that this site, which will undoubtedly find itself getting hit a few hundred thousand times isn't very black. It is, in fact, rather white for most part. Let's assume... "Take at look at Google, for instance, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let's assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. Now take into... Read more...
Perhaps the only Mini-ITX AM2 motherboard on the planet at this time, the KI960-AM2 has a lot going for it other than a name that sounds like some top-secret military hardware. The board seems to have almost everything one could reasonably expect in such a small form factor and then some. Here's what Charlie from theinquirer.com had to say: "Albatron had the best mobo that I saw at CeBIT, bar none. It is called the KI960-AM2, a mini-ITX full featured AMD690 based AM2 board. There is nothing else like it here. In case you can't tell from the ratio of the socket to the entire board, this is either the largest AM2 socket you have ever seen... Read more...
According to researchers, a simple formula calculated by a computer could be more effective then asking loved ones whether or not to 'pull the plug'. The program predicted the wishes of a patient accurately 78% of the time where as surrogates only made accurate decisions 68% of the time. Besides being more accurate then a surrogate, researches also claim the program will also preserve ethics. If the idea of a computer choosing whether you live or die gives you the creeps, advanced directives remain your best bet for specifying your future medical decisions, but very few people ever fill one out. A simple formula can predict how people... Read more...
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