PhotoSketch Software Transforms Sketch Into Photo
Tao Chen, Ming-Ming Cheng, Ping Tan, Ariel Shamir, and Shi-Min Hu, students at Tsinghua University and National University of Singapore created a truly amazing piece of software that transforms the outlines of a sketch you draw into an almost perfect photograph.
The web site presenting the software and allowing people to experiment with it crashed under the enormous traffic it faced. Besides the opportunity to play with the algorithm on the site, it also provided the binary code for the image filtering scheme, a PDF showing intermediate results and comparisons, and high resolution compositions and detailed statistics of the user studies in another PDF.
I guess, the next best thing to playing with the software itself is to watch a video of it in action until it is online again:
Ubisoft Acquires TrackMania Developer Nadeo
In a press release Ubisoft announced the acquisition of "development studio Nadeo, creator of TrackMania, the cult multiplayer car racing video game:"
"The acquisition of Nadeo is an important step in our expansion within the on-line gaming sector", said Yves Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft.
Microsoft Research Presents Multitouch Mice at UIST
This year's UIST (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology), currently taking place in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada from October 4th until October 7th, "brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas that include traditional graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output devices, and CSCW."
One of it's main sponsors, Microsoft Research, got some attention yesterday for their presentation of working prototypes of a new family of multitouch mice. The five prototypes include:
- FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) Mouse
- Side Mouse
- Orb Mouse
- Arty Mouse
- Cap Mouse
Das Keyboard Ultimate S shipping for $129
Das Keyboard has introduced the Ultimate S, this redesigned keyboard with mechanical key switches features a USB 2.0 hub, extra-long 2 meter USB cable, and N-Key rollover to allow up to 6 keys to be pressed simultaneously. You can get it at the company's website for $129.
Well, the mechanical Ultimate S -- an updated model which has just surfaced -- is just as tactile and noisy as all the other models, but it's also got a few added features, including two USB ports, an external PS / 2 adapter, plus full 'n' key rollover with PS / 2. The board is also KVM switch compatible, and of course, the keys are still blank.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 'Infamy' Trailer
Thousands of Hotmail users hacked
A-DATA SH93 HDD is 1M 30 minutes waterproof
A-DATA introduced the SH93, a new portable HDD for heavy duty users. This model is shock proof and sustains 1M waterproof test for 30 minutes. Incorporating rubber-plastic mix and special cushion materials, the SH93 sustains 1M waterproof test for 30 minutes and military standard MIL-STD-810F drop test. The MIL-STD-810 test addresses a broad range of environmental conditions to generate confidence in the overall durability of a system design. With the USB cable cord tucking into the slit that goes around the side of the HDD, the SH93 is beautifully designed with finish paint in racing car yellow. It is easy for users to conveniently carry around massive documents without the fear of damaging files stored in the HDD in the incident of accidental drop or water spills.
The portable HDD has become the most important storage device for road warriors, students, even ordinary individuals in this digital era. With the ever increasing amount of photos, music, video files, and data, the need for high-capacity HDD with extreme durability is constantly expanding. Capacity available in 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, and 640GB, the SH93 offers maximum shock tolerance and greatest possible chance of data survival if the storage device is accidentally dropped on the floor or in the water.
Inno3D GeForce GTX295 iChill liquid cooled review
Inno3D has released GeForce GTX 295 iChill. This card has a single GTX 295 PCB with a shiny cute single-slot waterblock. The product name will be Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 iChill Black Series and it's going to be one exclusive product to find in the stores I'm afraid, but we managed to get a sample into our lab.
The GeForce GTX295 iChill edition comes pre-overclocked and is stuffed with a sweet game-bundle that will make your ears wiggle a little bit, it's a product that in most scenario's is faster than a Radeon HD 5870 as the the GTX 295 packs 480 Processing Cores and 1792MB of GDDR3 memory and has its clock frequencies set on 600 MHz on the graphics core, 1242 MHz on the shader domain and 2160 MHz on the memory.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
Cyberdyne Exoskeleton Improves Physical Capability
Granted, this news item is a bit off an oddball and already a few weeks old, but nevertheless I wanted to share this somewhat scary and fascinating video with my fellow gurus.
Cyberdyne Inc., a venture firm aiming to utilize accomplishments by Prof. Sankai and his laboratory at University of Tsukuba, is currently working on a HAL, or hybrid assisted limbs system.
"When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. "HAL" catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint unitedly with the wearer's muscle movement, enabling to support the wearer's daily activities.
"HAL" is expected to be applied in various fields such as rehabilitation support and physical training support in medical field, ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field."
NVIDIA ForceWare 191.07 WHQL released
NVIDIA now officially released ForceWare 191.07
New in Version 191.07
- Adds support for OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8, 9, 100, and 200-series GPUs and ION GPUs.
- Accelerates performance in several gaming applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with version 191.07 drivers vs. version 190.62 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 12% performance increase in ARMA 2
- Up to 8% performance increase in Batman: Arkham Asylum with GPU PhysX enabled
- Up to 50% performance increase in Call of Juarez: Blood in Bound with SLI enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Fallout 3 (indoor scenes) with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 10% performance increase in Far Cry 2 (DX9 version) with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 34% performance increase in Prototype with antialiasing enabled
- Adds SLI support for Aion, Darkfall, Dawn of Magic 2: Time of Shadows, Dreamkiller, Fuel, Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Need for Speed: Shift and more.
- Includes numerous bug fixes, including the following key fix (additional bug fixes can be found in the release notes on the documentation tab): For graphics cards supporting multiple clock states, 3D clocks correctly return to 2D clocks after exiting a 3D application.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
New in Release 190/191 Drivers
- Includes WHQL support for DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series or higher graphics cards.
- Installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0814.
- Supports NVIDIA 3D Vision Discover, a complete, low cost solution to start your immersive stereoscopic 3D experience. NOTE: If you are using NVIDIA 3D Vision active shutter glasses, you must download the separate 3D Vision driver which includes the driver for the 3D Vision IR emitter.
- Supports CUDA 2.3 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports a new user-controlled power management setting for select GeForce 9-series and later graphics cards (only available on cards that already support more than one power state). This option allows users to set a performance level for each DirectX or OpenGL application.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here.
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #3. Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
Military backpack that generates power
It works great, apparently. The backpack itself is mounted on rails, so it moves up and down when its wearer moves. The movement generates enough electricity to power your gadgets, and the design actually relieves stress from the user.
QNAP launches TS-410 NAS
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Video Players today expanded their Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-410 desktop NAS server targeted specifically at the SOHO and Prosumer market segments. The TS-410 features 4 hot-swappable SATA hard drives with up to 8 TB of total capacity (with 2TB drives) and supports 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives, giving users more flexibility in selecting drives for installation. The TS-410 features a Marvell 800MHz CPU and 256MB DDRII memory which provides sustained high performance with low power consumption. The TS-410 can be configured for RAID 0/1/5/6/5+ spare, and JBOD with online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration for high data redundancy. The TS-410 also supports iSCSI Target service with Thin Provisioning and dual Gigabit LAN ports, features generally found on much higher end NAS servers. The TS-410 also features 4 USB ports (1 front, 3 back panel) and 2 e-SATA ports for expanding the storage capacity or backing up the TS-410.
The TS-410 is a smart choice for installation in home or home-based business as it's fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks and features a built-in UPnP/ DLNA media server (with TwonkyMedia enabled) supporting a wide range of DLNA media players such as Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles. By installing the DLNA/ UPnP application on your iPhone or iPod touch, users can access the TS-410 on the home network and play videos, music, and photos from the server over the network. In addition, the high-speed PC-less Download Station with the unique QGet utility enables users to manage the BT/ FTP/ HTTP download tasks remotely over the local network or the Internet. The TS-410 can perform centralized backups of all computers attached to the network to protect valuable paid downloaded music & video content, digital pictures, and documents.
"QNAP's new TS-410 is a great addition to a home network; especially where lots of content is being downloaded and needs to be shared easily in mixed networks that might include Macs, PCs, and even game consoles" said Meiji Chang, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. "The TS-410 can easily and affordably handle this and many other tasks including centralized backup so the downloaded content on all the machines in the home network is protected." Mr. Chang added.
The TS-410 comes with QNAP's new V3 of its NAS management software, embedded as firmware, adding significant new features including virtual disk drives support (up to 8 virtual disks via iSCSI expansion over the network), exclusive QNAP RAID Recovery that can recover an inactive RAID 1, 5, or 6 due to unintentional removal of drives. Network Discovery Services are enhanced with new Bonjour support offering zero-configuration networking for HTTP, SAMBA, FTP, AFP, and SSH based networks, and full UPnP support. Other new features of the V3 firmware include EXT4 support for very large volumes and file sizes, SNMP support, and bitmap support for faster rebuilding of RAID volume after a crash or adding/removing a drive. Version 3 includes an all-new AJAX-based web interface that is extremely easy to use and is broadly compatible with popular web browsers.
QNAP offers the broadest lineup of NAS server enclosures currently available. QNAP Turbo NAS series NAS servers are available in 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8-bay desktop (QNAP exclusive feature) and rack mount configurations to fit the needs of consumer, small/medium business, workgroups, and entry-level enterprise networks. QNAP NAS servers feature hot-swap removable cartridge drives throughout the entire lineup, and offer unique features including iSCSI, and dual Gigabit LAN ports with fail-over, load-balancing and multi-IP setting capabilities for all Intel-based models. QNAP NAS servers are ideal for simple website hosting, ultra-high performance RAID storage supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 5+ hot spare, stand-alone file downloading, network-wide backups, printer sharing, video surveillance, and a whole lot more. QNAP NAS servers are fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks and incorporate green power management technologies.
The TS-410 will be globally available in October through popular commercial distributors, resellers, and e-tailers.
Netgear Rangemax wireless-N gigabit router
Netgear makes all sorts of routers for wireless networks and has been offering products for a long time based on draft-n technology. Now that the IEEE has finally ratified the 802.11n specifications we are seeing new products come to market without that draft n caveat. Netgear announced today the new Rangemax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB WNR3500L.
The router provides full 802.11n speeds and has four gigabit Ethernet ports to provide fast wired connection. The router also uses push
Shortage of 55nm GPUs to last through Q1 2010
Since Nvidia plans to speed up adoption rate of its next generation GPUs after the launch of Windows 7, the company currently does not plan to increase its GT200 series GPU supply, as it wishes to avoid surplus inventory in the future, added the paper.
Makes you wonder how big a problem 40nm is and will be ...
Active Media debuts external SSDs with USB 3.0
The Active Media Aviator 312 SSDs will ship in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for $89, $119 and $209, respectively.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer speeds up to 4.8Gbits/sec -- ten times faster than USB 2.0. A312 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external SSDs take advantage of USB 3.0's massive bandwidth, delivering unprecedented transfer speeds in an extremely compact mobile flash storage device. Measuring less than 3 inches long and only 0.2 inches thin, the A312 is smaller than a credit card and is designed to fit in a pocket. A312 SSDs can save a 25GB full-length HD movie in about two minutes. What used to take an hour to save will take only seconds with the A312 thanks to its scorching write speeds of up to 160MB/s and read speeds up to 240MB/s..
Aviator 312 SSDs are designed for external use, and include a carrying pouch and a USB 3.0 Micro-B cable for connection to any USB port. The 312 is fully backward compatible; it works in any USB 2.0 or 1.1 port, but requires a SuperSpeed port to reach its full performance capabilities. Unlike many other high speed external storage devices, the A312 does not require a separate power source. It draws all the power it needs directly from the USB bus. The A312 will be offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.
Free Windows 7 Upgrades Have Fee
That's a bit of an 'ooops' from Microsoft. PC World has an interesting article about the crusade of a consumer watchdog group against companies that are charging a fee for their supposed "free upgrade" to Windows 7. The fee, which has been as high as $17, is labeled as shipping, handling, and fulfillment fees.
Consumers who purchase an eligible PC between June 26, 2009 and Jan. 31, 2010 qualify for the upgrade. Dworsky, however, found that while some computer makers are giving away Windows 7 upgrades, others are charging fees as high as $17 for what's characterized as "shipping, handling, and fulfillment fees." "The problem is that a lot of this information is hidden, or impossible to find," said Dworsky today. "Disclose it, let the consumer know." more here.
In other microsoft related news Microsoft's Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 Professional or higher has RTM'd (Release to Manufacturing) today and will be available for download from Microsoft Download Center on October 22. OEM manufactures will be able to offer Windows XP Mode on their PC's, based on their shipping schedules to consumers.
TV hack bypasses HDCP
The hack a day website reports that their reader GRitchie wrote in with an interesting find in his new TV set: with just some minor soldering it was possible to tap into an unencrypted hi-def video stream.
HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), used by Blu-Ray players and cable or satellite receivers, normally ensures a DRM-protected link between the device and a compatible display. Any properly-licensed device that forwards HDCP content (such as an HDMI switch box) is expected to provide encrypted output; those that don
Xigmatek Balder CPU cooler
Xigmatek started shipping the Balder SD1283 CPU cooler, this appears to be a tweaked version of the Dark Knight cooler. It measures 120mm x 50mm x 159mm (W x D x H) and features three direct-touch heatpipes and an aluminum tower heatsink with a large 120mm fan (2200 RPM). The Xigmatek Balder SD1283 is available in retail stores for around 32.90 EUR.
Maximum maximum sound pressure is rated at 28 dBA, and the coller has support for AMD Socket AM2(+), AM3 and Intel LGA 775, 1156, 1366 CPUs.