Flash Player 11, AIR 3 Bring 3D Content
Adobe today announced Flash Player 11 and AIR 3, which together will help developers deliver a wide range of 3D content and 3D games to mobile devices.
The new technologies are optimized for both wired and wireless internet devices such as those run by Android, iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Mac OS, Windows, and others. Adobe explains that Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow developers to choose between a mix of Flash, HTML5, and other standard technologies to create content that will run on a wider range of platforms. Some of the new features called out by Adobe include: hardware-accelerated 2D/3D graphics support for faster rendering; native AIR extensions, which allow developers to tap into hardware such as NFC, sensors, and multiple screens; captive runtime, which lets developers update their applications without forcing users to also update AIR separately; support for HD content, including H.265, 7.1 surround sound, and full-fram HD video; and support for rental/subscription business models. The tools are available from Adobe's web site.
OCZ Introduces Synapse Cache Series Solid State Drives
OCZ launched its Synapse Cache Series 2.5
Enermax Platimax 850W power supply review
Enermax always is able surprise us, they now have released the Platimax power supplies, that means a platinum certification and yeah .. that boils down to a 94% efficient product. Very few products get this certification. Today we'll grab a couple of older older supplies and see if what they claim is true, can we really save on energy. We fire off three PSU's at a P55 / Core i7 870 based system setup with a GeForce GTX 590. We then monitor power consumption in idle, CPU productivity (stress) mode and then lock into a gaming session. Read the article here.
Shogun Bros Chameleon X-1 Wireless Mouse Gamepad Combo
As a mouse, the Chameleon X-1 has a 1600 dpi optical sensor, which makes it qualifies it as a gaming mouse, has a right-handed orientation, and about 5 mouse buttons. A sliding switch on the side switches between its mouse and gamepad modes. In the gamepad mode, the optical sensor and mouse buttons are deactivated, except that some side buttons remain active and double up as triggers and bumpers. It has a typical gamepad layout with a D-pad, four face buttons, and two sticks. The mouse connects to the PC wirelessly, using a USB nano-receiver. The new Chameleon X-1 is priced at US $59.99, and is available from October 1.
Rosewill Ranger mid-tower chassis launched
Rosewell introduces Ranger, a new mid-tower steel case with a black exterior and flashy red interior. The case has a MSRP of $79.99.
Rosewill the leading hardware solution provider bringing the best choice in value, announced its newest member of Rosewill computer case family, RANGER. The RANGER represents Rosewill
Logitech Harmony Link gives iPad support
Logitech introduced the Harmony Link, a new device that enables you to control your TV and media electronics with an Apple iPad.
With thousands of TV channels and seemingly unlimited choice of shows and movies, getting to the content you are looking for is often a challenge as you navigate among programming guides and juggle multiple remotes to control your home entertainment system. With this in mind, today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled Logitech Harmony
AMD 28nm Wichita APU launch schedule still unknown
AMD has still not set an exact launch schedule for Wichita, its 28nm second-generation entry-level APU. Given the uncertainties, it seems likely that the chip may be released later than expected.
Officially, the code-named Wichita accelerated processing unit (APU) is planned to be released in 2012. However, a source with knowledge of AMD's plans said that the company still has not set any exact schedule for the roll-out of its second-generation entry-level APU-based platform. In fact, AMD intends to sell its Brazos chips till Q4 2012 at least, according to the person, who decided to remain anonymous. However, it should be noted that the existing plans are not final.
AMD code-named Wichita accelerated processing unit is a pretty revolutionary design that will be the industry's first quad-core x86-based system-on-chip with built-in graphics and I/O capabilities. Wichita will integrate up to four Bobcat-class x86 cores with Turbo Core 3.0 dynamic acceleration technology, DirectX 11 graphics core, DDR3 memory controller as well as Yuba FCH [Fusion controller hub] that will support Serial ATA, PCI Express, USB and other I/O protocols. AMD Wichita, which will utilize FT2 BGA packaging, will be the heart of Deccan platform for netbooks, low-cost ultra-thin notebooks and nettops.
Gigabyte denies MSI allegations
Earlier this month MSI's marketing department send out evidence that Gigabyte's motherboards don't truly support PCI Express 3.0(check here), but now Gigabyte defends itself with a presentation of its own.
In its short presentation with no more than 5 slides, Gigabyte tried to provide an explanation to its claim that most of its new motherboards are Gen 3-ready. The presentation begins with a diplomatic-sounding message on what is the agenda of the presentation, followed by a disclaimer that three of its recently-launched boards, Z68X-UD7-B3 & P67A-UD7/P67A-UD7-B3, lack Gen 3 readiness. This could be because those boards make use of a Gen 2 NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip, even the first PCI-E x16 slot is wired to that chip.
NCIS The Video Game - Reveal Trailer
Battlefield 3 Open Beta starts Sep 29th
DICE and EA have announced that the Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta will be open all players from around the world on September 29, 2011.
Running until October 10th, the Battlefield 3 Open Beta is your chance to play the game early, try out our free social platform Battlelog, and help us make the game even better by sending us your valuable feedback.
If you pre-order Battlefield 3 (PC digital download version) on Origin before September 25th, or if you have registered your first-hand copy (by activating its Online Pass) of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 Edition, you will get 48 hours early access to the Beta, meaning you can start playing Tuesday, September 27th. The full details on how you will be granted early acess is available on our new Beta section.
For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, the Open Beta will be visible on the consoles' digital marketplaces under Battlefield 3. For PC, you need to install Origin and download the Open Beta from within the Origin application.
ColorFire Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB card
Check out a product from a company called ColorFire, their upcoming dual-GPU Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB graphics card. Special features include silver plating on most of the PCB's contacts and DIP-switched based voltage control.
With this card, the designers are trying out what they call "Silver-Plated Technology". All of the PCB's contacts (the metal-exposed parts onto which components are soldered), apart from the PCIe and CFBE interfaces, are plated with silver. Silver is one of the best conductors. ColorFire argues that the use of silver contacts reduces resistance, and also helps with cooling.
The next interesting feature is the use of DIP-switched based voltage control, which is an old-school yet direct and effective way of tuning voltages. Voltage measurement points are consolidated to a convenient location (next to the power connectors), and are angled for easy access. Lastly, a pair of jumpers near the display output connectors, allows you to switch between two sets of EEPROMs, each having a different clock and voltage profile via TPU.
Intel Ivy Bridge GPU supports 4K HD displays
The GPU housing inside of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU will support displays with 4K HD resolution, which means a resolution of up to 4096 x 4096 pixels.
It's the vastly improved display capability, and associated ultra high resolution video processing, of the new chip - in fact, so high it stands on an equal footing with the fastest high end discrete GPUs in this particular measurement: the 4K display resolution. Take a look at their Multi Format Codec or MFX engine, capable of playing multiple 4K videos at the same time, even a wall of them, as Intel says.
Not only can the MFX engine display up to 4096 x 4096 pixels on a single monitor, but it can also handle video processing for 4K QuadHD video as well. Remember when, two years ago, Jen Hsun Huang at Nvidia for the first time encouraged 4K resolution - at that time 3840x2400 or as he called it XHD2, for ultra realistic gaming too, to use the extra pixels to justify the high end card need? Now, what a fate, Intel is making it real on the - integrated graphics platform, of all. Now, can we have back those 16:10 3840x2400 or, better, 4096x2560 monitors?
ThermalTake Overseer RX-I case
ThermalTake presents the Overseer RX-I, a new full-tower steel case with an all-black design.
Thermaltake, the leader and pioneer in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, with
Around the globe in 60 seconds (ISS video)
This must-see video condenses the International Space Station's night flight over Earth into 60 seconds, courtesy of science educator James Drake. He downloaded a series of 600 pictures from the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
RePro 3D lets you touch virtual pixels
Silent Hill: Downpour - TGS 2011 Trailer
Blacklight: Retribution - Dev Diary #1
Intel HD Graphics 18.104.22.1689 Driver out
These are HD drivers for Intel integrated processor chipsets like in Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy bridge processors and Intel Core i3/i5 series 500/600 Dual-Core processors based on the Clarkdale core
- This driver release was designed to increase 3D gaming performance on mobile platforms across a variety of titles.
- Resolved intermittent crashing when an HDMI monitor is connected
- WebGL rendering anomaly in Google Chrome* and Mozilla Firefox* browsers resolved.
- Eliminated minor rendering artifacts that were present in a few particular scenes in the following games:
- Assassin's Creed
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Empire: Total War
- F1 2010
- King of Kings 3
- Mass Effect 2
- Medal of Honor
- StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
- Sudden Attack
- Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution*
- Fixed corruption issue in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2* game (DirectX* 9 version)
- Fixed corruption in James Cameron