Western Digital 20,000 RPM Raptor in the works
The word was loud on computex regarding this news topic for sure. To be able to compete with the up and coming Solid State drives Western Digital is rumored to be working on a 20.000 RPM Raptor drive. See, this is the effect of competition. In our Computex report we already stated that prices on SSD drivers are going down pretty hard over the coming and next year and the read/write & copy speed of these things are now moving towards 200 MB/sec .. and that's just crazy fast.
So that has to worry manufacturers like Western Digital. Ah well it's just a rumor ... or is it ?
NVIDIA's Tegra announced
I have not ahd the time to write this news due to Computex crazyness, but on Tuesday NVIDIA announced a line of ARM11-based media processors aimed at bringing 3D graphics capabilities to a variety of handhelds, from smartphones to so-called "mobile internet devices" (MIDs).
The line's name is Tegra, and it consists of the company's previously announced APX 2500 system-on-chip (SOC) part
ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 announced
ASUS unveiled at Computex the Xonar HDAV1.3, the world's first HDMI 1.3a compliant audio/video enhancement combo card . Capable of outputting uncompressed multichannel high definition audio from Blu-ray movies, the Xonar HDAV1.3 also enhances incoming HDMI video with an onboard Splendid HD processor - providing the ultimate multimedia enjoyment. Asus claims the chip enhances colors and edges for high-definition video, reduces flicker, and even "recovers clarity" with low-resolution content.
Despite its fancy video processing capabilities, audio remains the Xonar's focus. The HDAV1.3 supports both PAPS and AACS content protection schemes, allowing it to output uncompressed Blu-ray audio in all its glory. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are supported, as well, and the card is capable of feeding 7.1-channel, 24-bit/192kHz LPCM audio through its HDMI port. Asus isn't busting out a new audio chip for this latest Xonar. Instead, the card uses the same AV200 audio processor that we saw in the Xonar D2X, allowing it to take advantage of Asus' DS3D GX 2.0 EAX emulation scheme. The HDAV1.3 uses the same Burr Brown DACs, Cirrus Logic ADC, and National Semiconductor OPAMPs, too. This time around, however, the OPAMPs sit in sockets that allow particularly picky users to swap in their own chips.
Deluxe versions of the HDAV1.3 will come with a daughter card connected by a ribbon cable. Both cards will slide into PCI Express x1 slots, although it appears that the daughter card doesn't actually require electrical connectivity. On the main card, you get HDMI input and output ports, a shared line/microphone input, RCA front-channel output, and S/PDIF input and output ports. The daughter card expands the Xonar's analog output capacity, serving up RCA jacks to fill out the HDAV1.3's eight output channels.
Asus hasn't yet settled on pricing for the HDAV1.3, but we're told to expect the card to become available in mid-July.
BioShock 3 Might Accompany Feature Film Release
"It's more likely that [the BioShock movie] would be released coincidentally with BioShock 3," Zelnick said in an investors conference call, as reported by Kotaku.
BioShock 2, in development at California-based 2K Marin, is currently planned for a fall 2009 debut for yet unannounced platforms. Take-Two stated that BioShock creator Ken Levine will be involved in the development of the sequel, though his role on the project was not specified.
Zelnick has previously expressed interest in expanding BioShock into a full-fledged franchise, stating in an investor's conference call last year that an "every-two-year [release] schedule would be optimal."
Developed by 2K Games, the critically acclaimed and narrative-driven underwater shooter first appeared on the PC and Xbox 360 in August of last year. A long-rumored PlayStation 3 port of the title was recently slated for a release this coming fall.
IBM fills chips with water
Oh, those crazy kids at IBM's Z
EA officially reveals Crysis Warhead
Electronic Arts has officially unveiled the much talked-about Crysis Warhead.
It turns out it's a standalone expansion to Crysis and, despite much piracy belly-aching, will retain its PC exclusivity when it hits shelves this autumn.
Warhead retells the events of the first game through the eyes of Sergeant Sykes who his friends affectionately call "Psycho".
He, too, has a fancy nanosuit for throwing cars around and running as fast as a very fast dog, plus he's being treated to plenty more weapons and vehicles than there were in Crysis.
It will be the first game from Crytek Budapest, and is promising fresh multiplayer content on top of everything else.
"We were very pleased with the reception of Crysis from both gamers and media after our launch last year," said Crytek boss Cevat Yerli. "That being said, one of the key principles of our studio is to always raise the bar.
"With Warhead, we are focusing on refining our storytelling and game performance, while also delivering more of the visually stunning graphics and immersive, free-roaming gameplay everyone loved in Crysis."
Look out for more information on Crysis Warhead this summer.
Thanks to Smellybumlove [ Can I say that here? :) ] for pointing out the article.
'Duke Nukem Forever' Gameplay Video
In any event, Hall managed to talk the 3D Realms folks into talking about the game, which has been in development for what, a dozen years now? This would also seem to imply that the ShackNews demonstration was also legitimate.And yes, there's about 20 seconds or so of actual gameplay footage, which looks pretty polished. (And yes, it should be by now.) If you want to simply skip right ahead, it's about 4:20 in. Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.
[Here's the NEW video]
German government approves anti-terror spyware
The German government yesterday passed a controversial anti-terror
law that would grant police the power to monitor private residences,
telephones and computers.
Instead of tapping phones, they would be able to use video surveillance and even spy software to collect evidence. Physically tampering with suspects' computers would still not be allowed, but police could send anonymous e-mails containing trojans and hope the suspects infect their own computers.
Government cyberspying, the legislators point out, would only be conducted in a handful of exceptional cases.
The bill, called a building block for Germany's security architecture by interior minister Wolfgang Sch
Teens' Nude Pics "Spread Like Wildfire"
Sometimes the photos end up in everyone's hands, via the Internet.
"It used to be that kids would make mistakes, and it was local and singular and everyone knew it was part of growing up," said Catherine Davis, who had a frank talk with her two sons after several students' nude self-portraits recently spread through the wealthy New York City-area suburb of Westport, Connecticut. "Now a stupid adolescent mistake can take on major implications and go on their record for the rest of their lives."
Such images are complicating the work of investigators whose job is to find exploited children. Authorities trying to identify youngsters in naked photos are increasingly discovering that the teens themselves took the shots, said John Shehan, a director at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
School administrators in Santa Fe, Texas, confiscated dozens of cell phones from students in May after nude photos of two junior high girls began circulating. The girls had sent the photos to their boyfriends, who forwarded them to others, officials said.
In La Crosse, Wisconsin, a 17-year-old boy recently was charged with child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child and defamation for allegedly posting nude photos of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend on his MySpace page. The girl had taken the pictures with her cell phone at her mother's home and e-mailed them to the boyfriend, authorities said.
"They were pretty graphic," said sheriff's Sgt. Mark Yehle. "I think they just do it to impress their boyfriends. When he breaks up, he `vents,' in his words, by posting them. He apparently didn't think there was anything wrong with it. He didn't know it was illegal."
Psychologists said the phenomenon reflects typical teenage hormones and lack of judgment, with technology multiplying the potential for mischief. It also may reflect a teenage penchant for exhibitionism, as demonstrated on MySpace and countless other Web sites and blogs.
Brianna Moran, 15, who attends the same school as the girl in the La Crosse case, said she is not surprised by such behavior. "They probably think they're hot or something. If you look at people's MySpace, all the pictures are slutty," she said.
In suburban Syracuse, New York, several teenage girls sent naked pictures on their phones to their boyfriends, only to learn that another boy had collected them from the Web and was trying to sell a DVD of them.
Some boys are photographing themselves, too. In Utah, a 16-year-old boy was charged with a felony for sending nude photos of himself over a cell phone to several girls. Four middle school students - two boys and two girls - in Daphne, Alabama, took photos of themselves on their cell phones and traded the images back and forth, authorities said.
Connecticut police Sgt. Jim Smith, who investigates cybercrime and online child pornography, conducts seminars in which he warns parents about the use of cell phones to send nude pictures.
"It's often so spur of the moment that they're not thinking about where those images might end up," Smith said. "They might think it's just fun and games at the time they do it, but these images can really spread like wildfire."
AMD launches Puma notebook chip line
Advanced Micro Devices Inc is rolling out
a much-awaited line-up of chips for laptops, as Intel Corp's main rival
seeks to regain a competitive footing against the world's biggest chip
AMD, which in April posted its sixth consecutive quarterly loss amid missteps and market-share losses to Intel, said the launch of the processors and related parts, code-named Puma, is its largest-ever launch for notebook personal computers.
AMD counts more than 100 different notebook PCs designed to use versions of the Puma platform. "This is double the design wins over any previous mobile launches," Leslie Sobon, director of product marketing at AMD, said in a phone interview.
PC makers using Puma chips include Acer Inc, Asus, Dell Inc, Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV and Hewlett-Packard Co, she said. Prices for the mobile PCs will be mid-range for laptops, from about $700 up to $2,000. Most will be available in time for the back-to-school shopping season, and some will be available this week.
Growth in desktop PCs has been slowing for years, and the mobile segment is where the fastest growth is in the PC industry. Market research firm IDC predicts that consumers will buy more mobile PCs than desktop PCs by the end of this year.
"It is a good platform and I think the design wins are a testament to that fact," IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell said. "Everybody wants a serious competitor to Intel, you can't ignore that. But people aren't going to randomly take an alternative if it's not any good."
Sunnyvale, California-based AMD is offering three versions of the Puma platform -- a collection of the microprocessor, wireless chips to connect to WiFi, and related chips. Puma uses AMD's Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core processor as its brain.
At the cheaper end, AMD's new platform will use graphics technology integrated in the chipset, allowing video-gaming and also good enough to play back digital media seamlessly.
Computex 2008: Day 3 - The man with the hammer
At day three of the Computex exhibition we land at the luxurious Hyatt Hotel, where suites have been changed into booths. Weird but true. We'll start off the review where we left off yesterday though, after that the Hyatt, some cool product photo's and still pending more articles from the Computex in Taiwan.
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Google health website raises privacy fears
PAGING Dr Google! The search giant has entered the medical arena with Google Health, a website which helps users find doctors and medical information. What's more, if any of your healthcare providers have signed up to the service, Google Health allows you to import your medical records from them and share the data with other doctors.
But Bob Gellman, a privacy consultant in Washington DC, warns that if you use Gmail and Google's search engine, and now entrust Google with your medical data, the company may have "more information about you than any other source". Google Health, which is so far open to US residents only, and rivals such as Microsoft's HealthVault are not covered by US privacy regulations concerning health records, although they do promise to protect personal data.
Full HD PC-to-TV mediaplayer Plextor
Want to pause and record live TV? Or perhaps play movies in full HD ? Store content onto the hard disk or use as a standalone media jukebox?
The latest Plextor MediaX does all of these with ease. It
BFG Launches range of New products
Sorry for not posting this any faster yet Computex certainly is keeping us occupied. BFG launches a series of new cards this week. back from the offcice I already heard that we received some of them for a review. Let me quickly talk you through the new graphics cards.
So basically there are two new products, in a new product range called OCX.
BFG 9600 GT OCX with ThermoIntelligence Custom Cooling Solution. The GPU operates up to 18
Computex 2008: Day 2 - Moving Onwards
Today we continue on our quest through the halls of the Taiwan Computex 2008. The quest for hardware & knowledge *coughs*
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Top 10 Media Attacks of games (2007)
XP good until Windows 7
Microsoft has been under pressure from computer makers to provide a version of its OS for an emerging class of very low-cost laptops and desktops. Its new Windows Vista OS is widely seen as too resource-hungry for those machines.
In April Microsoft extended its deadline for selling Windows XP licenses for low-cost laptops like the Asus Eee PC. It had originally planned to stop selling most XP licenses on June 30.
At Computex on Tuesday it said it has now also extended the deadline for low-cost desktops. PC makers can now include Windows XP in those systems until 2010, the same as the deadline for low-cost laptops, said Rob Young, a senior director with Microsoft's OEM group.
In a statement, Microsoft said the extension applies to "nettops," a term coined by Intel to refer to low-cost desktops that have limited system configurations and are intended for simple tasks like surfing the Internet and sending email. Examples include the upcoming Asus Eee Box, which is on show here at Computex.
It was unclear what limitations Microsoft may put on PC makers to prevent them from installing Windows XP on more capable machines. Young said Microsoft and PC vendors are in general agreement over what constitutes a nettop and suggested that Microsoft won't specify the hardware configurations that vendors can use with XP.
Microsoft said it was responding to the growing popularity of nettops and netbooks, and to demands from PC makers to provide a suitable OS for those machines.
"We've had a lot of feedback from customers and partners, and they're very interested in seeing these devices with Windows on them," said Steve Guggenheimer, the head of Microsoft's OEM business, during a speech at Computex.
Microsoft's statement was ambiguous, saying only that it would extend the deadline for "the Windows offering" to include nettops. Young confirmed that the extension applies to Windows XP.
"We have seen much demand for Windows on the Eee PC," Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek Computer, said in the statement. "It is great that Microsoft is addressing this customer demand and providing a Windows solution on these devices, which will provide a familiar computing experience."
Intel has said nettops and netbooks are intended as a second PC for the home or for people in developing countries who can't afford a full-featured PC. However, Guggenheimer acknowledged Tuesday that no one knows yet where the devices will prove popular.
"We've had standalone Internet devices come out before, not too many of them have been successful, but now we are getting towards the right price points," he said. "How they'll land and who will buy them we don't really know yet, but we'll wait and see."
Netbooks and nettops are intended to be powerful enough to consume content, such as streaming video, but not powerful enough for content creation tasks like video editing. Many will use Intel's new Atom chips or Via's low-power C7 processor.
The Eee Box is due to go on sale in July for about $300 and will be offered with Windows XP or Linux. It will come with a maximum hard drive capacity of 250G bytes and use 802.11n Wi-Fi for Internet access.
Carmack in BBC Horizon Space Tourists
Horizon - Space Tourists
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