Iiyama outs 20-inch ProLite Monitor in Europe
A small monitor with a small price is about the be released for Euope. It's the ProLite B2008HDS 20-inch LED-backlit LCD display that has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels.
With a response time of 2 ms, it's geared for gamers on a budget. The screen has 250 cd/m
$499 Samsung Galaxy Tab On Sale, Runs Android 3.1
It looks like Samsung was finally able to make all preparation for seriously taking the tablet market by storm, having officially launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1, loaded with the most recent version of Android, check out what softpedia reports today:
" That Samsung was eventually going to start selling its Android slate is something that has been known for months.
Of course, this means two possible price points, but with the former at $499 and the latter at $599, the range is well within iPad-threatening parameters. That said, the 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen has a native resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, while the NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC provides the majority of all performance resources.
Samsung also threw in a 7,000 mAh battery (up to 9 hours of life) and a variety of connectivity and I/O capabilities (a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, WiFi, etc.), all in an 8.6 mm frame.
What's more, as consumers probably know or can guess, the feature set of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 includes Adobe Flahs support.
Finally, the Android 3.1 operating system from Google is loaded onto the device, for quick application transition and intuitive navigation.
Razer ships $80 Orochi Black Chrome Edition mobile gaming mouse
Adobe warns of new Flash Player security threat
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Nigeria Walkthrough
Ahw gawd .. I'm so gonna enjoy this game. Ubisoft has published a near ten minute direct feed gameplay video of its upcoming Tom Clany title, Ghost Recon: Future Solider. The video gives players a look at the active camo, weapons, gadgets and squad-based gameplay in the game.
Future Solider also uses a similar mission display to that seen in Splinter Cell: Conviction, highlighting objectives and key points in-game.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Launch Trailer
Cell debut trailer released
Guru3D Rig of the Month - June 2011
The rig of the Month June 2011 style, silence and performance are the key ingredients for the PC. A good chunk of money was spend on this Rig to get Thomas Michels his most most excellent build ever, supporting SLI and Thermaltake Level 10 alright. Meet the PC of Thomas Michels, 26 years of age.
You can check out all that coolness in the June's Rig of the Month right here.
Duke Nukem Forever press agency threatened gets sacked
Wozers .. check it out, The Redner Group, the PR team behind the US launch of Duke Nukem Forever, threatened on Twitter that reviewers who bashed the game would be blacklisted.
One staffer posted threats on the agency's official Twitter page stating the team will decide "who gets games next time" based on the venom in a reviewer's piece.
The Tweet has now been removed, replaced by a grovelling apology and the promise that individual sorry letters will be sent out to worried reviewers.
According to ArsTechnica - who managed to grab a screenshot before the original Tweet was removed - blacklisting is a common thing in the games world, and has been for years, but the activity is rarely made public like this.
Here's that tweet:
Pretty much what the PR agency was saying is this "put out good reviews, otherwise you get you'll be excummunicated". And that's of course the biggest no-go for any editor or journalist.
However, the story continues ... 2K Games has now sacked The Redner Group over the incident. 2K has since stopped doing business with The Redner Group and said, via its own Twitter feed, that it doesn't endorse or condone the comments.
'We maintain a mutually respectful relationship with the press and will continue to do so. We don't condone @The RednerGroup's actions at all,' said 2K.
That's Atomic man !
AMD: Southern Islands GPUs arrive later this year
Advanced Micro Devices confirmed on Tuesday at its AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS) that it would release a new breed of graphics processing units (GPUs) later this year. Apparently, AMD's code-named Southern Island graphics processing units are on-track to be launched in 2011. While it is not completely clear what kind of peculiarities of next-generation graphics processors will be revealed at the summit, it is highly likely that going forward both AMD and its arch-rival Nvidia will attempt to make GPUs more programmable and better suitable not only for graphics processing, but also for complex computing.
Later during this year AMD is projected to release its first graphics processing units made using 28nm process technology code-named Southern Islands. The SI family is projected to support DirectX 11 functionality along with architectural improvements and some new features.
Storage disk with phase-change memory
Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have developed a prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory. Full details over here.
A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage. The tests used a hard drive based on prototype phase-change memory chips.
Disks based on solid-state, flash memory chips are increasingly used in computers and servers because they perform faster than conventional magnetic hard drives. The performance of the experimental phase-change disk drive, created by researchers at University of California San Diego, suggests that it won't be long before that technology is able to give computing devices another speed boost.
"Phase-change chips are not quite ready for prime time, but if the technology continues to develop, this is what [solid state drives] will look like in the next few years," says Steve Swanson, who built the prototype, known as Onyx, with colleagues. It had a data capacity of eight gigabytes and went head-to-head with what Swanson calls a "high-end" 80 GB flash drive made for use in servers.
When it came to writing small chunks of data on the order of kilobytes in size, Onyx was between 70 percent and 120 percent faster than the commercial drive. At the same time, the prototype placed significantly less computational load on the processor of the computer using it. It was also much faster at reading data than the flash drive when accessing blocks of data of any size. The kind of large volume, small read and write patterns that Onyx excelled at are a hallmark of the type of calculations involved in analyzing social networks like those of Twitter, says Swanson. However, Onyx was much slower at writing larger chunks of data than its commercially established competitor.
AMD 2012 roadmap surfaces
The chaps at Bit Tech got its hands on details about AMD's 2012 processor roadmap:
" After months of secrecy, AMD has finally revealed some of its plans for the CPU market in a recent briefing, and there are some curious highlights. For example, next year will see the first ever 28nm AMD processor, meaning that AMD and its fabrication partner GlobalFoundries are keeping pace with Intel fairly well. While Intel is talking about 3D Tri-gate technology for its Ivy Bridge range of CPUs, AMD's new chips will still be fundamentally based on 28nm transistors.
While a process shrink usually leads to higher frequencies and more performance, it can also lead to lower power consumption and waste heat if the frequencies aren
Dungeon Siege III - Launch Trailer
ADATA Announces Shipments of S511 Solid State Drives
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the first shipments of its highly anticipated S511 solid state drive (SSD).
ADATA is hardly a newcomer to the SSD field; however the S511 is the company
OCZ Releases Firmware Fix for Vertex 3 and Agility 3 SSDs
Similar to A-data, Corsair and all other Sandforce 2200 series SSDs that are affected by firmware issues ranging from BSODs and BIOS detection errors to random freezes and RAID failures OCZ released a new firmware release for its high-performance Vertex 3 and Agility 3 drives.
First Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Pictures Surface
So its going to be a while before these puppies will be released (Q2 2012 actually), but some photo's of Ivy-Bridge processors have surfaced on the web. these are actually socket LGA 1155 based, similar to the current Sandy Bridge processors.
This batch is labeled QAX5, is a dual-core processor and packs 4MB of L3 cache memory. The 22nm based processor have a base frequency of 1800MHz that can turbo towards 2.4GHz and come with a TDP of 95W. The voltage of the two Ivy Bridge CPUs varies between 0.8 and 1.25 V.
It's not much too look at I know ... but click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
Windows 8 Release Date Hinted For Autumn 2012
Senate Bill Requires Consent For iPhone, Android Location Data
The Apple and Google location tracking controversy may soon be fully addressed in legislation. Ever since news of Apple?fs unencrypted storage of location data on iPhones broke, Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal have been hot on their tails, summoning both Apple and Google for congressional hearings on the matter. Now the duo are submitting a bill that would require explicit consent for location data.
The bill is called the ?gLocation Privacy Protection Act of 2011?? and hopes to close any loopholes in the current federal law regarding location privacy. The proposed law will apply to both device manufacturers and app developers for smartphones and tablets.
?gOur laws do too little to protect information on our mobile devices,?h Franken said in a statement. ?gGeolocation technology gives us incredible benefits, but the same information that allows emergency responders to locate us when we?fre in trouble is not necessarily information all of us want to share with the rest of the world. This legislation would give people the right to know what geolocation data is being collected about them and ensure they give their consent before it?fs shared with others.?h
However, Apple has insisted that they do not track their customers location, and have issued an iOS update that has addressed most of the concerns. Google also responded saying that they require consent for every location service and allows users to shut them off.