Pirate Bay P2P Trial Begins in Sweden
The Pirate Bay's copyright infringement trial is now under way in Sweden, becoming one of the most watched P2P trials. The site is accused of helping users illegally downloaded movies, music, computer games, and more from its web site. If the site owners are convicted, they could spend two years in prison and a fine around $150,000. In addition, many of the leading companies in the motion picture industries are wanting an additional $14.3 million.
The Pirate Bay is the world's largest source for BitTorrent trackers, while they do not host illegal content they do provide a means of finding such content. In May 2006 the company was raided by Swedish police who seized their servers and in January of last year the owners were charged with the copyright infringement.
Download Driver Sweeper beta 2.0.0
Driver Sweeper 2.0.0 Beta 2 is now available for download. Driver Sweeper is very easy to use. You only have to select the drivers you want to clean. The best way to clean drivers is to first uninstall the drivers using the official uninstallers, reboot in Safe Mode and run
Driver Sweeper. However, rebooting and not going into Safe Mode also works, but can cause some files not to be cleaned.
The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound), Ageia (PhysX), MMouse and Realtek (Sound).
All the settings are saved in an ini file. Nothing is created in the registry, so it's possible to use it as a portable program. Log files can be saved to the harddisk and viewed as well. You can find the logs under the Tools menu.
This is a beta release, any comments ? Please visit the Driver Sweeper support forums.
Changelog 2.0.0 - Beta 2:
- Added select/deselect in clean screen.
- Added Bulgarian translation.
- Many translations.
- Improved startup time.
- Some translations not working and missing.
- Made some buttons larger for translations.
- Error at desktop icons.
- Reboot not working on all systems.
- Update check not working properly.
- Drag and Drop in main menu.
Changelog 2.0.0 - Beta 1:
- Driver Sweeper is completely rewritten from scratch. This version requires at least .NET 3.5 installed.
- Experimental Windows 7 support.
- UAC message requiring administrator access on Windows Vista and Windows 7 on startup if UAC is enabled.
- Improved ATi - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - PhysX cleaning.
- Renamed AGEIA - PhysX to NVIDIA - PhysX.
- Registry not working properly on Windows x64 versions
Download - click here.
Eurocom working on G200M SLI in Upcoming Notebook
Looking at Nvidia's current roadmap, we can safely say that the G2xx line-up will only be out in the later half of this year, most likely co-inciding with the back-to-school season. All G2xx mobile GPUs from Nvidia are 40nm, so we can expect better efficiency (performance/watt) than the current line-up. Eurocom does not mention which class of the GPUs will be used in the notebook, but most likely will be employing GT215 which the performance part set to replace the ever-green G92. (GT215 is also the highest performing GT2xx part to have taped out on 40nm yet)
The M980U Emperor is based on the MCP79xi SLI Chipset and paired with an Intel Quad-core Mobile processor. The display is listed as Full HD (1920
Samsung unveils solar-powered phone
Samsung unveils solar-powered 'Blue Earth' phone billed as the world's first solar-powered touchscreen phone. For starters, the back side of the Blue Earth has been outfitted with a large solar panel. They say that this panel will be able to generate enough electricity to make a phone call any time that you want. Presumably, you'll need to holster the phone to the outside of your pants to do that, because not too many of the sun's rays will be able to penetrate your backpack or pocket.
The phone can be set in "Eco Mode" too to lower the screen brightness, reduce the backlight duration, and shut off the Bluetooth. Like the Motorola's green 'Renew' phone, the Blue Earth's shell is molded out of plastic derived from recycled water bottles, and its 'small and light' packaging is made out of recycled paper, according to Samsung (which also notes that both the handset and charger are beryllium-, phthalate-, and brominated flame retardant-free). Look for the Samsung Blue Earth to hit the UK in the second half of this year.
Download - Rivatuner 2.23 released
RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine.
For novice users, we have a guide to help you through Rivatuner and setup fan speeds and overclocks on your graphics card. This guide will hopefully help you understand how to use the features that Rivatuner provides.
Download click here.
Galaxy GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB review
I sometimes wonder why a small company consistently can push out striking products like that and the bigger AIBs mainly focus on the reference design. An absolutely interesting graphics card at many levels.
Check out this Guru3D review right here at this URL.
Rivatuner GPU Monitor Vista Sidebar Gadget
A fellah called stangowner created a Vista Sidebar Gadget that uses Rivatuner's low level hardware monitor for stats. I've finally released it on Microsoft's site. If your Rivatuner install is reporting back values that you would like to see in the sidebar, then install this gadget and have it easily accessible.
Values will vary depending on the model card you have and its capabilities. Values could include:
- various core clock speeds - memory clock speed
- GPU temp (as well as other misc temps)
- fan duty and speed
- GPU usage
Read the help tab in the gadget config for explicit instructions and configuration information. We have a thread open on this tool (visited by programmer) right here.
Download: click here
QNAP Core 2 Duo based TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS
Yummie ... recently we reported about the QNAP's 4-bay TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS, which was perfectly fine for the average home-based storage junkie, small businesses need something with a bit more potential.
Meet the TS-809 Pro Turbo, an 8-bay behemoth capable of housing 8 SATA hard drives (up to 16TB, or .98 million copies of Friday the 13th, when 2TB HDDs are widely available). The unit gets powered by a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, which definitely means that your next NAS may posses more processing power than the antiquated PC it's connected to.
Additionally, there's 2GB of DDR2 RAM, read / write rates of 126MB/s and 111Mb/s (respectively), and support for a litany of business-related advanced features.
Equipped with eight 640GB HDDs the unit would consume roughly 81W. No word on pricing, I think it's safe to say it won't be cheap.
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Green Edition, preps GTS 200 Series
We mentioned this numerous times already yet NVIDIA is moving forward with the launch schedule of the GeForce GTS 200 series, which really are relabeled current-generation G92 GPU based products.
The GeForce GTS 240 and GTS 250 will be re-branded 9800 GT and 9800 GTX+ cards. It is believed that the product name changes will commence during CeBIT. One can expect NVIDIA partners to come up with cheaper SKUs that fit into the US $ 130 range, lower than the current $150 range 9800 GTX+ and ATI Radeon HD 4850 compete in.
The GTS 240 on the other hand, will be introduced soon with a newer price-range of around $100, lower than the $120 mark the 9800 GT revolves around. This should make it more competitive against the Radeon HD 4830, which is currently winning in the price/performance figure.
Also, the company is preparing a GeForce 9800 GT Green Edition, which carries forward the design methodology of the 9600 GT Green Edition: lowering the GPU voltage and slightly reducing the clock speeds. It is expected to carry clock speeds of 550/1375/900 MHz (core/shader/memory) against the reference 9800 GT specifications of 600/1500/900 MHz. The new SKU might be priced at a premium over the GTS 240, at around $ 120 [via vr-zone].
S3 Graphics Introduces Chrome 540 GTX
Today's multimedia enthusiasts require extra GPU horsepower to perform high-quality HD video decoding, image post-processing, and stunning color enhancement when displaying the latest HD content on Blu-ray or streaming video-on-demand. With the Chrome 540 GTX, you now have the power to bring every movie experience to life, and enjoy bonus footage through Picture-in-Picture, all while enjoying 8 channels of high fidelity audio with the S3 Graphics built-in Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor.
Daily deals Feb 14 2008 08
It's been a while since we did some good deals, yet news is boring today. Let me sort out some interesting gear we figured is nicely priced.
Today we'll handle some graphics cards:
- GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, spotted as low as $111.99
- GeForce GTX 260 896MB Core 216 (!) priced at $229.99 but 199 USD after rebate !! very hot deal
- GeForce GTX 285 1024MB can be found for $341.99
Half-Life 2 as a movie: Escape from City 17
The Escape From City 17 short film series is an adaptation based on the Half Life computer game saga by Valve Corporation. Originally envisioned as a project to test out numerous post production techniques, as well as a spec commercial, it ballooned into a multi part series.
Filmed guerilla style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500 [via ggmania].
BFG ships their Watercooled GTX 295
That is gonna be a sexy solution for sure, expensive, but yeah, very sexy. Good news, we already have a sample inbound, expect some review lovin from us real soon. Anyway, BFG announced the availibility of their BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.
Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den
Download: CPU-Z 1.50
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
- Improved support for AMD Phenom II processor.
- Support for NVIDIA 740i chipset.
- Several bug fixes.
Download: click here
HIS to bundle Stalker CS with selected videocards
If you are in the market for a HIS graphics card you might want to check out the versions with new bundle. For a limited timeframe HIS will offer their graphics cards bundles with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. The bestseller gamer will be available with the award-winning HIS 4870 IceQ 4+, 4850 IceQ 4, 4830 IceQ 4, 4800 Fan Series.
" HIS is pleased to provide gamers with GSC Game World's highly anticipated Stalker game. With S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, gamers can take advantage of the powerful DirectX
Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program
The Tech-Arp website reports that Windows Vista users will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for free, with some restrictions though.
Microsoft issued a draft of the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program to their OEM partners on December 10, giving them exactly one month to provide their feedback before Microsoft finalizes the program details. We managed to obtain a copy of the draft, which tentatively refers to the program as the "Windows 7 Upgrade Program". Let's take a look at the key points outlined in the draft.
The official name for the program has yet to be determined. Microsoft is using "Windows 7 Upgrade Program" as the place-holder for the Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade program, which was also known as the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program. Microsoft will announce the final program name at a later date.
Overview Of The Windows 7 Upgrade Program
The Windows 7 Upgrade Program is designed to assist Microsoft's OEM partners in minimizing the number of end users who may postpone acquiring a new computer because of the impending release of the Windows 7 operating system. This program allows OEMs to offer an upgrade to Windows 7 to end users who qualify.
This is a consumer-oriented program targeted at individual consumers and small businesses that have purchased eligible PCs during the Program Eligibility Period. End users will have to meet these requirements to be deemed eligible for the upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released :
- End users must purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista Operating System (OS), during the program eligibility window.
- The PC must have a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached.
- The only Windows Vista
ASUS Xonar Essence STX Review
The recent addition of the ASUS HDAV 1.3 and Essence STX soundcards have targeted two new markets for the ever moving Xonar sound machine landing impressive contributions to the high end HTPC audio and high end stereo/headphone markets.
This review will encompass the new Xonar Essence STX and we will examine what this card has to offer new users who are interested in this product. This new card has been highlighted as the pinnacle of the Xonar soundcards at least as far as 2.0 and headphone audio are concerned.
Read, probably the most extensive soundcard review you have ever seen. Click here to read this Guru3D article.
Lian Li unveils PC-Q07 Mini-ITX Case with full ATX PSU
The new Lian-Li hairline-brushed all aluminum Mini-ITX stands at 11-inch tall. Its mini fridge like design is rather unconventional, not eye pleasing in any ways, but internal space is roomy for the support of full size components. The Mini-ITX board fits on the side panel while the back has mounting brackets readied for a full size ATX PSU. Unit comes supplied with easy installation kits to allow a 5.25-inch optical drive, and a pair of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hdd mount effortlessly with anti-vibration grommets and tool-less mounting screws on the system.
The Lian Li PC-Q07 is available now for a suggested retail of $69.
12 February 2009, Keelung, Taiwan