NVIDIA renames Forceware Driver to GeForce drivers
I don't know if you guys noticed it but apparently NVIDIA has renamed it's drivers. At first I figured this was an Aprils fools joke, but that does not seem to be the case as more drivers seem to get renamed at NVIDIA's website.
Back on the year 1998 the drivers where called Detonator drivers, 2003 up-to April 2008 ForceWare ... and for now the new name will be "GeForce drivers".
I think this has to do with a more simple naming of the drivers, GeForce drivers. You can't confuse that. Not the entire NVIDIA website has been updated, yet you'll notice that the newer pages will show 'GeForce Release 174 drivers'.
GeForce 9500GT specifications surface
There will be two versions. One with GDDR2 memory at 900MHz and one with GDDR3 at 1600MHz. Both have 128-bit memory interfaces. A review posted at Chinese site zol.com.cn and reveals performance which is just slightly better than GeForce 8600GT, which isn't all that surprising since the product specs are really similar.
Just like the rest of the series 9 products, this product isn't all about performance, but PCIe 2.0, lower power consumption and an updated PureVideo HD.
Scythe Himuro HDD coolers
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Sony's Bravia E4000 series
See it? No there, the one that looks like a flat screen TV hanging on the wall. Right, that's Sony's new E4000 TV series. Sony has gone all arty with its Bravia E4000 range - offering a 'picture frame' style edging in Midnight Sky, Aluminium, Pearly White and Dark Walnut to match your room decor.
Sony's pushing its new Picture Frame Mode and four "blend in frame colours" hard as its looks to differentiate the 32- and 40-inch Full HD LCDs (and a wee 26 inch of unspecified, sub-1080p resolution) from the competition. As such, the TVs will display one of six, pre-installed images like Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Cypresses. Really though, why bother pre-loading content when it'll display any image you stuff into a connected USB drive. Oh right, copyright law. Anyway, the top-o-the-line 40-inch model features x.v.Color on a 10-bit panel, Bravia Engine 2 processing, 3x HDMI inputs and even SCART for you European old-schoolers. No price or release date just yet.
Asus launches Triple RV670PRO Graphics Card
AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition CPU review
The Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition Processor
It's now April 2008 and AMD released their Phenom X4 50-series processors, with an all new fixed B3 core, hopefully they can now leave the past behind them and move forward with a processor that can actually start competing with the competition. The leading 'flagship' processor is the Phenom X4 9850 BE runs at a 2.5 GHz clock frequency at a full 2.0 GHz HT 3.0 speed at a 1.2-1.3V voltage and 125W TDP.
Mind you that this "Black Edition" release, the newest Phenom X4 has an unlocked multiplier that is more interesting for overclocking. We took the CPU to 3200 MHz on just the stock air-cooler.
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Cellphone watch with bluetooth
Adobe Code Injection Hole in Flash - Update!
Adobe's security struggles have hit a new gear with three new bulletins warning about "critical" code injection and system takeover vulnerabilities in enterprise-facing products.
On the heels of the recent disclosure hiccup surrounding Adobe Reader, the vendor Feb. 12 released patches for two critical issues affecting the Flash Media Server and the Adobe Connect Enterprise Server.
A third bulletin, rated "important," provides cover for a cross-site scripting vulnerability affecting RoboHelp 7 and RoboHelp 7 installations.
The most serious of the three issues
Point of View Doing Assasinations !
Two press releases today from the Dutch based Point of View, say it out loud I'm Dutch & I'm proud. Anyway, the first is their announcement of their GeForce 9800 GTX EXO edition. The performance of the Point of View GeForce 9800 GTX EXO EDITION is pushed even further by increasing the core speed to 725 MHz, the shader processor speed to 1813 MHz and the memory speed to an insane speed of 2300 MHz! This gives you that edge you need without voiding any warranty.
This product still has a MSRP of 299 EUR.
The second press-release is regarding the availability of its latest hit game bundle: Assassin
AMD quad-core Opteron processors now available
AMD announced their quad-core "Barcelona" Opteron processors are available. Ten AMD Validated Server Program platforms are available and shipping and the processor is available in the channel today.
Self Encryption Seagate Cheetah HDD
Seagate has unveiled a new series of Cheetah 15K.6 FDE (Full Disk Encryption) self-encrypting hard drives for servers and storage arrays. Pretty interesting.
Fun G108 Watch Phone w/ Integrated 1.3MP Camera
While there are lots of copy cat from China phone manufacturer, they are also try their best on creating phone with unique design. From the first look of the picture below, you will never know that it will surprise you as a watch phone. The Cool series has done quite a few watch phone for China market, this Cool G108 is one of their latest work. Using a RAZR style keypad in a ring layout, the G108 is a
Subway ticket machine gives back 10,000 Yen bills
The Transport Bureau of Nagoya City on Tuesday said that several commuters at Hisayaodori Station got back 10,000-yen and 5,000-yen bills as change instead of 1,000-yen bills after a station employee mistakenly put the wrong notes in a subway ticket vending machine last Friday.
Authorities said the station lost about 250,000 yen ($2,442) over three hours and that only one passenger had returned the money, which was when station staff first found out about the mistake. According to subway officials, an assistant stationmaster, 57, placed 10,000 and 5,000 yen notes in the space for 1,000 notes by mistake. The vending machine cannot detect differences in notes, the officials said.
Microsoft Issues 5 Critical Security Patches
- MS08-018 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Project Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950183)
- MS08-021 - Vulnerabilities in GDI Could Allow Remote Code Execution (948590)
- MS08-022 - Vulnerability in vb script and JScript Scripting Engines Could Allow Remote Code Execution (944338)
- MS08-023 - Security Update of ActiveX Kill Bits (948881)
- MS08-024 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (947864)
Get Dollars for HD-DVD
Did you plop down big dollars for a high-definition DVD player using Toshiba's HD DVD format -- which recently lost the battle with Sony's Blu-ray format?
Well, depending where you bought it, you may be eligible for a refund or a gift card to ease the disappointment.
Wal-Mart Stores is offering refunds for HD DVD players purchased on or after Nov. 1. To qualify, customers must return the players by April 30 and have a receipt in hand. Original packaging isn't required.
Meanwhile, Best Buy is giving $50 gift cards to customers who bought an HD DVD player or an HD DVD unit for a Microsoft Xbox 360 videogame system anytime before Feb. 23. Gift-card recipients can keep their HD DVD units.
Best Buy says it will mail the gift cards, which don't expire, by May 1 to customers who bought warranties or who are part of its "Reward Zone" program. Other Best Buy customers can call 1-888-BestBuy to participate. Be sure to have your receipt or credit-card information as proof of purchase.
People looking to get rid of a player altogether -- regardless of where it was purchased -- can check out Best Buy's online trade-in center.
You're not looking at great prices when trading in, but it's something. For instance, you'd get $148.50 for a Toshiba HD XA2 unit originally priced at $1,000, and $2.70 apiece for HD DVDs.
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB OCX edition review
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB OCX edition
Today Guru3D will review a card from BFG, the GeForce 9800 GTX OCX model. Pretty much, BFG took the reference GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB and made sure the card you are purchasing will function at a very hefty default overclock, while maintaining your warranty. For example, the core is clocked at 756 MHz, the shader processors at 1890 MHz and the memory just over 2300 MHz. This card screams performance.
Since BFG offer a life-time warranty in the US and 10 years in the rest of the world that is just a tremendous combo.
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SiSoftware Sandra XII 2008 SP2 (14.20) download
SiSoftware Sandra XII 2008 SP2 (14.20)
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
Sandra is a (girl) name of Greek origin that means "defender", "helper of mankind". We think that's quite fitting.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCIe, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
Download - click here
EVGA releases the nForce 750i SLI FTW
The nForce 750i SLI For Teh Win edition motherboard is an mainstream board for the Intel platform and it comes with a few pluses over Nvidia's 'reference' design. Yet should be an overclocking weonder and supports 45nm Penryn processors.
- Reach extreme overclocking speeds supporting 1600MHz FSB and beyond.
- 6 phase power design for the ultimate in stability and performance.
- Solid state capacitors allowing better overclocking and stability.
- Easy troubleshooting features with on-board CMOS Reset button.
- Extreme DDR2 speeds of 1066MHz and beyond.
In addition to the 'for the win' features, the board provides 45nm CPU support, two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, four SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors and integrated 7.1 channel audio.
- NVIDIA SLI certified
- Intel socket 775
- 45nm CPU ready (Yorkfield & Wolfdale)
- 6 Phase power design
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- 4 Right-angled SATA-2 ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, JBOD
- On-board buttons for CMOS/Power/Reset
- HD Audio - 7.1 Channel
The nForce 750i SLI FTW can be found for 179.99 USD.