Sony SLDR A900 has the highest in-camera write speed
With the variety of flash-based media cards in the market, how could you tell which works the best on your high speed Digital camera? Does the lightening fast Sandisk Ducati or Extreme IV series CompactFlash warrant the premium price for your DSLR? Rob Galbraith has the answer for you; they
Trailer: Far Cry 2 'TGS 2008' trailer
Google GeoEye-1 Satellite started snapping photos
NetGear unveils dual-band firewall with VPN security
NetGear this week released its SXRN3205 ProSafe Wireless-N Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall, which the company claims is the first to combine dual band 5.0/2.4GHz Wireless-N with SSL and IPsec VPN.
The company has integrated its Dual WAN Gigabit SSL VPN firewall with a dual-band Wireless-N access point, which is also backwards compatible with 802.11g on the 2.4GHz band. The platform supports up to five Secure Socket Layer tunnels and five IP Security tunnels simultaneously, offering secure remote connections for 25 user applications. The SSL tunnels allow remote access to data without needing to install a software client, and offer automatic cache cleanup after a session has ended.
IPsec tunnels connect site-to-site offices and offer legacy, client-based remote access. The Firewall features denial-of-service (DoS) attack protection, stateful packet inspection (SPI), URL keyword filtering, SYSLOG support, and e-mail reporting.
Dual band support will keep offices connected through equipment transition from the older 802.11g/b standard to Wireless-N, which is claimed to offer up to fifteen times the speed and ten times the coverage area. The SXRN3205 ProSafe Wireless-N firewall is available now for a suggested price of $485.
Razer Lycosa Mirror and Arctosa keyboard
Razer unveiled new gaming keyboards today; the Lycosa Mirror Special Edition and the Arctosa. Both keyboards are based on the design of the original Razer Lycosa, but with subtle design differences.
For instance, the $79.99 Lycosa Mirror trades the non-slip rubber finish keytops from the Lycosa for high-gloss mirror finish keytops while the Arctosa is a low-budget version which lacks the non-slip keys, blue LED keys, the lighting options and the USB and audio port hub. Though, at $49.99 it's still kinda expensive for a keyboard.
The Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition is influenced by gamer feedback on the original Razer Lycosa where some gamers eschewed the rubber keytop for enhanced backlighting with clean lines. Razer
G94-based GeForce 9600 GSO in the works
Word out on the street is that an updated GeForce 9600 GSO based on the G94 graphics processor will come out at the end of this month.
The current 9600 GSO features a G92 graphics processor with 96 stream processors, a 550MHz core speed, a 1375MHz shader speed, and 384MB of 800MHz GDDR3 RAM tied to a 192-bit memory interface.
The "updated" GeForce 9600 GSO will feature a G94 GPU (the one that powers the GeForce 9600 GT) with 48 stream processors, a 256-bit memory interface, and either 256MB or 512MB of RAM.
We'll be keeping a close eye on this.
Sierra closing 21 game servers
Sierra/Vivendi plans to close 21 game servers on 1st November. The Sierra site gave no reason for the closures; it could be something to do with the Activision Blizzard merger, or just be because these games are knocking on a bit now.
The following game servers will be shut down as of 11/01/08: Alien vs Predator 2, Arcanum, Caesar IV, Dark Reign 2, Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, Empire Earth, Empire Earth 2, Empire Earth: Age of Conquest, Ground Control, Ground Control 2, Homeworld, Homeworld: Cataclysm, Nolf2, Red Baron, Sanity, Star Trek: Armada, SWAT3: EE, SWAT3: GOTY, The Incredible Machine, Tribes 2, Vampire. More info here.
Intel worries about AMD -- well their own money really.
Intel Corp on Tuesday it has "serious questions" about a deal announced by Advanced Micro Devices to spin off its manufacturing business and focus on chip design, and is ready to defend its patents. Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said that AMD and Intel have a patent cross-licensing agreement under which AMD pays royalties to Intel.
"Intel has serious questions about this transaction as it relates to the license and will vigorously protect Intel's intellectual property rights," Mulloy said of AMD's announcement.
Mulloy said Intel has asked AMD to make the agreement public but he said it would not, so he was not at liberty to discuss the matter in detail.
Gelid launches Silent Spirit CPU cooler
I have to say it, for their first official released cooler, it looks bangin'. Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions launches its first CPU Cooler of its SILENT product line. The Quad heatpipe CPU cooler
Inno3D iChill GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo review [Guru3D]
It has a dazzling Arctic Cooling (Accelero) based cooling solution, keeping the temperatures down, noise levels low ... and to throw in a bone .. they overclocked it for you.
You can check out the full eighteen page review right here.
DFI X58 mainboard pixelated
It's growing to become a little bit of a tradition, but I guess we are all excited about the new X58 mainboard, yet less excited about their prices. The LANPARTY UT X58 will support ATI CrossfireX and NVIDIA SLI. The final board will have three PCI-E 2.0 expansion slots running electronically at x16, x8 and x8 lanes. NVIDIA suggested rather persistently to DFI over a couple of meetings that this was the best setup for optimal performance and a requirement of three-way SLI. The board will get two PCI slots of legacy devices along with a single x4 PCI-E slot.
Oh an personally I think the green/yellow design is downright ugly. But heck, perhaps you like it ...
The Socket LGA-1366 CPU gets eight phases, two phases for the triple-channel DDR3 memory, two for the Northbridge and also two for the PWM.
Photo courtesy of Tweak Town
Nikon intros Wi-Fi video player, headset combo
The optics maker claims to have eliminated the problem of controlling an out-of-view device by using motion sensing on its flagship model; owners can rotate their head to change volume or navigate content.
The eyepiece rotates upwards when not in use and turns the new Media Port device into an audio player with support for AAC, MP3 and WMA tracks. The comparatively small size of the UP300x leaves battery power to either two AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH) or three (lithium), either of which generates about two hours of video and 4.5 hours of music.
Nikon makes clear that it so far has plans to launch the media player only in its native Japan, where an 8GB version should ship for the equivalent of $677. A 4GB version without the motion controls, known just as the UP300, is also due at the same time and will appear for $485. [via Impress]
NVIDIA's cut away partners are ...
As earlier reported, NVIDIA is going to cut off some board partners (AIBs) as early as Q1 2009. The story behind is simple, the big partners can now twist Nvidia
Trailer: Red Alert 3 super powers
How about using LEDs to go wireless ?
Researchers at Boston University are working on the next generation of wireless communications technology based on visible light instead of radio waves. Cellular News reports the scientists aim to create "Smart Lighting" LEDs with built-in data communications capabilities. This technology would work by flickering light in patterns - so fast the change is imperceptible to the human eye.
Boston University's College of Engineering is launching a program, under a National Science Foundation grant, to develop the next generation of wireless communications technology based on visible light instead of radio waves. Researchers expect to piggyback data communications capabilities on low-power light emitting diodes, or LEDs, to create "Smart Lighting" that would be faster and more secure than current network technology.
This initiative aims to develop an optical communication technology that would make an LED light the equivalent of a Wi-Fi access point.
"Imagine if your computer, iPhone, TV, radio and thermostat could all communicate with you when you walked in a room just by flipping the wall light switch and without the usual cluster of wires," said BU Engineering Professor Thomas Little. "This could be done with an LED-based communications network that also provides light - all over existing power lines with low power consumption, high reliability and no electromagnetic interference. Ultimately, the system is expected to be applicable from existing illumination devices, like swapping light bulbs for LEDs."
AMD Officially Split into Two Companies
Yesterday we already reported about it, yet later in the afternoon by conference call it was confirmed. AMD announces they are splitting into two separate companies in an effort to keep pace with rival Intel, separating their chip design efforts from their chip manufacturing side.
According to a report on The New York Times this is being done with the help of between $6.0 billion and $8.5 billion in investments from two Abu Dhabi firms, one of which is an entity formed by the Abu Dhabi government. This will result in a significant upgrade to AMD's Dresden chip manufacturing facility as well as a new chip factory near Albany, NY for the manufacturing side, which will be temporarily called The Foundry Company.
The transaction is expected to close early next year, pending approval by shareholders, regulators and officials in New York and Germany. AMD has in the past emphasized the importance of owning their own fabrication process, but according to the report, this deal is structured with this in mind: "Under the deal proposed by A.M.D., the company would retain many of the traditional benefits of fabs, since part of Foundry will be dedicated to serving A.M.D. and will remain in close communication with the company's engineers."
Trailer: Silent Hill Homecoming intro
In the next installment of Konami's ground-breaking survival-horror series, you control Alex Shepard, a 22 year old soldier in search of his little brother. Konami is developing the game and will publish it on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.