NVISION 08 Day 2 (#2) - Let's see some hardware
In this last segment of our NVISION coverage we look at Stereo 3D gaming, Automotive and the exhibitors grounds to check some cool hardware from Palit, eVGA, ECS and others
Microsoft says bye to laser welcomes Blue Track
As always with Microsoft, you won't have to wait another week or two to get the answer because Engadget has already found it. A page at the German Amazon website indicates Microsoft will release a new Explorer Mini Mouse notebook mouse with "Blue Track" technology. This new technology uses a blue LED in combination with a wide-angle lens.
So what does this all mean? Basically it means you'll get a mouse with better tracking that will work on more surfaces than laser or optical based mice.
Microsoft dishes dirt on IE8 'pr0n mode'
Microsoft has outlined the new privacy tools available in its forthcoming browser Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
Earlier this week the company
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The virtual worlds in computer games provide a realistic backdrop to the action. But step too close and the effect is lost
SanDisk intros 30MB/sec SDHC cards
The extra transfer speed is also useful for offloading a large number of shots from a camera to a computer, SanDisk says. The transfer speed should also assist with recording HD video, which is possible through cameras like the D90 as well as through more recent HD camcorders that use SDHC as their preferred format.
The 30MB/s Edition is a capacity boost for SanDisk's Extreme SDHC series and bumps the maximum storage up to 16GB, which sells for $180. Versions with 4GB and 8GB of storage will sell for $65 and $110 respectively. All three should be in shops sometime in September.
Google Street View accused of trespassing
'The service, which gives Web users a driver's perspective of hundreds of cities around the world, has raised the ire of residents who say the images are an invasion of their privacy. Now residents in California's Humboldt County are complaining that the drivers who are hired to collect the images are disregarding private property signs and driving up private roads.
In an episode reported recently by the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, a Street View driver cruised past two "no trespassing" signs to collect images of a residence that is 1,200 feet from the public road.
"It isn't just a privacy issue; it is a trespassing issue, with their own photos as evidence," resident Betty Webb told the newspaper. "They really went off the track to get to our address."
Webb's experience apparently is not an isolated incident: the newspaper used digital maps provided by the county of Sonoma and found Google had photographed along more than 100 private roads.'
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Worm infects International Space Station laptops
A computer worm that ferrets out passwords managed to stow away on laptops aboard the International Space Station, NASA has confirmed. It is not the first time a NASA computer has become infected.
SpaceReg.com identified the infection as W32.TGammima.AG, a worm that spreads by copying itself to removable media devices. Once in place, it steals passwords to various online games, according to anti-virus software provider Symantec, which first spotted the worm 12 months ago.
"This is not the first time we have had a worm or a virus," a NASA spokesman told Wired News. "It's not a frequent occurrence, but this isn't the first time."
The infected machines were not considered mission critical, meaning they weren't responsible for command and control. The NASA spokesman was unable to say if the infected laptops were connected to mission-critical systems.Exactly how computers aboard the tightly controlled space station get infected by a common internet parasite is a bit of a head scratcher. Because more than one laptop was infected, it's reasonable to assign blame to an internal network or thumb drive. Then again, floating around in outer space can be a lonely experience, so other forces may have been at work.
US data breaches booming in '08
The number of personal information leaks reported in the US this
year have already exceeded the total amount in all of 2007, San
Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center said today.
With four months left in 2008, the firm found that 449 US businesses and government agencies have thus far reported lost or stolen customer and employee data
But the agency reckons the actual number is likely higher, due to under-reporting and data loss that affects multiple businesses being reported as a single event. All told, ITRC said its 2008 list represents compromised records of more than 22 million individuals
NVISION 08 Day 2 - It's the Buzz
NVISION 08 Day 2 - We continue where we left off, Buzz Aldrin flies by to talk about a 3D movie, we got Kyle Busch, NASCAR racing sensation; Bernard Charles, CEO of Dassault Systems; Eileen Collins, former NASA space shuttle commander; and Lorne Lanning, film director and founder of Oddworld all on stage.
Trailer: Tomb Raider: Underworld
Man, what an high number of game-traailers lately eh ? Eidos unveiled a new Tomb Raider: Underworld trailer at the Games Convention in Leipzig. The new Tomb Raider game will be released in early November for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
Powered Exoskeleton Enables the Disabled to Walk Again
A new powered exoskeleton is enabled the disabled to walk again. Created by a small Israeli startup, the Iron Man-like "ReWalk" suit is already making converts among those who have worn it. Former Israeli paratrooper Radi Kaiof, paralyzed in 1988, wears the suit walking around the streets of Haifa. "I never dreamed I would walk again", he says.
"Only when standing up can I feel how tall I really am and speak to people eye to eye, not from below".
The suit consists of motorized leg supports, a body sensors package, and a battery backpack. It operates via a remote control wristband, which contains various settings: sit, stand, walk, or climb. Once the user selects the appropriate action, they lean forward to activate the body sensors. In the current version crutches must be used to assist with balance; a more advanced model is eventually expected to dispense with this requirement.
Clinical trials are now underway in Israel's Sheba Medica Center.
The suit was invented by Israeli engineer Amit Goffer, who ironically was himself paralyzed in an accident in 1997. "It raises people out of their wheelchair and lets them stand up straight," explains Goffer, "It's not just about health, it's also about dignity." Goffer founded Argo Medical Technologies to develop and market the suit.
Argo's Chief Operating Officer Oren Tamari says that, while other agencies such as the US military are also developing powered exoskeletons, none besides the ReWalk will be operable by disabled people.
The suit is expected to go on sale for around $20,000, about the price of the most sophisticated wheelchairs now available.
GeForce Forceware Vista 177.92 download
NVIDIA issued a new beta driver this morning. It's the full monty and includes the PhysX drivers as well. The driver has precision GeForce Forceware Vista 177.92 and supports GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, and 9400 GT GPUs.
- Adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v8.08.18).
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.
- Adds support for 2-way NVIDIA SLI technology with GeForce GTX 200-series GPUs on Intel
GIGABYTE Memory Boost for Latest P45 P43 Motherboards
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NVIDIA launches $59 Graphics Card
A new entry level GPU is introduced today. The 9400 GT will be available from a variety of our partners at prices as low as $59. I have to elave to a conference in a couple of minutes so fogive me the blunt copy and paste from NVIDIA marketing:
NVIDIA continues to offer consumers more choice with the addition today of the GeForce 9400 GT. The GeForce 9400 GT delivers unsurpassed value by enabling end users to enjoy gaming, HD video, enhanced visual effects, and smoother Vista performance for retail prices as low as $59.
- In addition, the GeForce 9400 GT further extends CUDA
AC Fusion 550R
Much like way too many manufacturers these days, Arctic Cooling is following the trend as they have released the Fusion 550R. A PSU that follows the default ATX-Form-Factor and thus will fit into every ATX PC-Case. It fulfils the ATX 2.2 specifications and can offer a continuous power of 500 Watt - enough for every Highend System. Equipped with two 6-pin- and 8-pin PCIe connectors the PSU is ideal for powering a Crossfire- or SLi-setup.
- Ultra quiet 80mm PWM fan with low noise impeller
- 550W maximum output power, ATX 2.2
- 82-86% efficiency, 99% PFC
- 80mm ARCTIC F8 Pro fan
- Intelligent fan control (700
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AMD sold its digital TV unit to Broadcom
I think they paid like 900 million for it initially, yet a press release reveals that Broadcom has become the lucky buyer of AMD's digital TV division. In a joint announcement, the two firms say they've entered a definitive agreement that will see Broadcom acquire the division in exchange for a $192.8-million cash sum. If all goes well, the transaction will close some time during the fourth quarter of this year, and 530 former AMD employees across six design centers worldwide will get new jobs at Broadcom (if they agree to the company's invitation, that is).
The acquisition will give Broadcom ownership of AMD's Xilleon integrated processors, NXT receivers, Theater 300 DTV processors, and panel processors. According to the press release, Broadcom will subsequently be able to "offer a complete product line that covers all segments of the [digital TV] market ranging from low-end value and mid-range quality to high-end interactive platforms and panel processors."