EU wants to extend warranty to software
Interesting, the European Commission has proposed to extend the EU consumer protections for physical products to software. If the proposal becomes law, software companies could be held responsible for security and efficiency problems of their products.
Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva have proposed that EU consumer protections for physical products be extended to software. The suggested change in the law is part of an EU action agenda put forward by the commissioners after identifying gaps in EU consumer protection rules.
A priority area for possible EU action is "extending the principles of consumer protection rules to cover licensing agreements of products like software downloaded for virus protection, games, or other licensed content," according to the commissioners' agenda. "Licensing should guarantee consumers the same basic rights as when they purchase a good: the right to get a product that works with fair commercial conditions."
You can read more about this at CNET.
Samsung intros three new LCD displays
Personally, I'm a big fan of the better Samsung LCD screens. Samsung has introduced three new LCD monitors, the 20" P2070 with 1600 x 900 pixel resolution and the 23" P2370 and P2370HD which feature a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution. The difference between the latter ones is that the P2370HD can also be used as a TV, the panel features a built-in digital HDTV tuner and comes with a remote.
Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products, today announced the release of its 70 Series Monitors: the P2070, P2370 and P2370HD. These slim LCD monitors, with screen depths of 30 mm (1.18 inches) for the P2070 and P2370 and 65.5mm (2.58 inches) for the P2370HD and Touch of Color (ToC
In Win Commander 750W Power Supply review
In Win Commander 750W Power Supply Unit
We will be reviewing the In Win Commander series power supply. Commander, as in military. And that shows, army camouflage packaging, and an army green PSU. Quite funny to observe really. Marketing sure, but somehow .. this concept works out really well. A fairly high-end power supply.
Though In Win is not up among the names of high ranking PSU manufacturers, their Commander PSU will leave a sturdy impression. What we'll do today is a Guru3D.com style review. We'll take a Core 2 Quad QX 9770 processor to 3600 MHz on a power hungry NFORCE 790 SLI platform, then we'll pop in two GeForce GTX 295 cards and set up Quad-SLI to see if this 150 USD completely modular power supply will stand its ground or get caught up in the crossfire.
Let's fire off some rounds and ground the PSU with some serious ammo. Check out the Guru3D review here.
Potential Good & Evil 2 Footage
This little trailer that was leaked today, looks like what could very well be new in-game footage of the upcoming Good & Evil 2. In case you liked both Mirror's Edge and Assassin's Creed, this might just be the perfect mix for you:
Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay Sneak Peek
Previously known as Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2, but meanwhile renamed to the shorter Modern Warfare 2, some first in-game footage was uncovered, today. Scheduled for a release in November 2009, Infinity Ward's first-person shooter is a sequel to the highly successful Call of Duty - Modern Warfare.
Intel Larrabee whitepaper discusses Physics
The gentlemen from intel published a nine-page long whitepaper that discusses some asspects of game physics performance of the Larrabee architecture, you can read it over here.
Intel: Game physics is at the heart of any modern game engine which employs the laws of physics to simulate life-like movement and interaction between objects, such as rigid and deformable bodies, cloth, and water. Game physics applications are very compute and memory intensive. The ever growing quest for a high degree of realism requires more complex physics algorithms and also larger datasets.
To meet the demands of game physics applications requires a computer architecture which can deliver high floating point performance and memory bandwidth. However, general-purpose many-core architectures are quickly evolving to overcome these constraints. Larrabee is one such highly-threaded many-core architecture. It consists of an array of multiple IA Intel processor cores, each augmented with a 16-wide vector processor unit. In this paper, we analyze several key game physics applications. We show how Larrabee
MSi launches Syren Series Audio products
MSI is pishing forward with some new audio products as MSI has recently launched its new Syren series of audio products.
The Syren series seems to be gamer-oriented, with high quality, high fidelity and high comfort being MSI
New AMD Athlon II and Phenom II processors next month
Somewhere next month, likely Computex time, AMD is going to introduce a new range of AMD Athlon II and Phenom II processors. A more high-end targeted series and a new series energy friendly processors. The E series will have four new Phenom II models of which two quad-cores and two dual-core processors. All processors will have a 65 Watt TDP.
Next to that four new Athlon II processors will be released, again two with four and two with dual-cores. The biog difference with Phenom II will be the lack of L3 cache and a lower TDP at 45 Watt.
These are the "E" processors, energy friendly.
|Phenom II X4 905e||2,5GHz||2MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||65W|
|Phenom II X4 900e||2,4GHz||2MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||65W|
|Athlon II X4 605e||2,3GHz||2MB L2 cache||45W|
|Athlon II X4 600e||2,2GHz||2MB L2 cache||45W|
|Phenom II X3 705e||2,5GHz||1,5MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||65W|
|Phenom II X3 700e||2,4GHz||1,5MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||65W|
|Athlon II X3 405e||2,3GHz||1,5MB L2 cache||45W|
|Athlon II X3 400e||2,2GHz||1,5MB L2 cache||45W|
the other more high-end AM3 models to be unleashed are yet another three Phenom IIs and another three Athlon II processors. There will be a new quad core (925) at 2.8 GHz with a 95W TDP as well.
The ones who can live with 'only' two cores .. this might be interesting, two dual-core Phenoms at 3,1 and 3,2 GHz respectively. Finally based on new architecture and a lovely high clock frequency.
|Phenom II X4 925||2,8GHz||2MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||95W|
|Phenom II X2 550||3,1GHz||1MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||80W|
|Phenom II X2 545||3GHz||1MB L2 + 6MB L3 cache||80W|
|Athlon II X2 250||3GHz||1MB L2 cache||65W|
|Athlon II X2 245||2,9GHz||1MB L2 cache||65W|
|Athlon II X2 240||2,8GHz||1MB L2 cache||65W|
The pricing model of the new processors it not yet know.
Core i7 965 XE Being Phased Out Too
Just two days ago, we reported about the Core i7 940 from Intel being phased out, and today the world's largest semiconductor company announced that they are even going to phase out the 3.2 GHz Core i7 965 Extreme Edition, as well. Compared to the Core i7 940, the Core i7 965 XE is following a very similar schedule and is going to be available for order only until September 4, 2009.
This was somewhat expected though, since the two follow-ups, the Core i7 950 and 975, are already close to being released - if recent rumors are true. Possibly even before Computex, one of the largest computer and technology fairs in the world which takes place June 2 - 6 in Taipei, Taiwan, the 3.06 GHz and 3.33 GHz clocked "replacements" are going to deliver increased performance, as it is very likely that they are going to be priced closely to their phased out counterparts.
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
Cooler Master has just announced the launch of Hyper TX3, a CPU cooler compatible with Intel (sockets 775/1156) and AMD (sockets 754/939/940/AM2/AM3) processors.
This cooler has a 92-mm fan (with speed controlled by the motherboard via PWM between 800 rpm and 2,800 rpm; minimum noise level of 17 dBA; maximum air flow of 54.8 CFM), support another 92-mm fan and has three copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the processor. Hyper TX3 weights 1.03 lbs (470 g) and should reach the market next month costing USD only 19.99.
EA: PC gaming growing rapidly
"In terms of distribution, the way we look at a lot what's happening in the future is, we've got probably a billion PCs out there in the world," he continued. "Very rapidly the PC is becoming the largest gaming platform in the world, just not in a packaged-good product."
"As you look at what that means in terms of distribution of product, we think that's incredibly exciting because it's going to open the market to new demographics, new countries and new types of gameplay," he added.
Daily deals May 9 2009 - Multimedia
For the weekend update of the daily deals if figured, let's focus on some things we hardly mention in the deals section, multimedia gear.
- WD TV HD Media Receiver - first up the ever so poular WD TV HD, it is a high-definition HD media player which supports Full HD 1080p video and even Matroska x.264 :), you can spot it for $99.99 this is by far one of the mopst poular products right now. Supported video formats MPEG-4, XviD, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, WMV, MOV, AVI, H.264, MKV.
- Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Speaker System - If you are looking for a fairly nice 2.1 THX certified speaker set, we can recommend this one. 200 watts of RMS power (400 watts of peak power). We spotted it for $119.00
- Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System - This kit came down in price a lot, it's awesome for gaming and watching Dolby Digital movies on your PC. You get four sleek 62W satellites, a 69W center speaker, and a booming 188W sub, but also a reall kick ass control pod with remote that blends in with the rest of the package, lowest price spotted is $252.81
- Sennheiser PC350 Gaming Headset - For the more elite gamers under us, the PC350's circumaural earcups isolate you from intense LAN environments, shutting out chatter and fan noise from opposing gaming squads. Expensive, but the best price we found shaved it off towards $144.13 coming down from 198 USD.
That's it for this weekend, have a good one !
QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS review
NAS units are often small, do not use a lot of power, are highly configurable, offer redundancy as some models even can handle RAID internally. QNAP and their Network Attachable Units are among the most advanced available on the market today. Today we'll have a look at their the QNAP TS-439 Series Turbo NAS product.
A 4-bay NAS unit, pop in 4x 2TB drives .. and you just added 8 TB of data storage over a 1000 Gbit/s network connection. Downright handy, and very impressive.
Check out Guru3D's review right here.
SmoothCreations Announces Bulldozer Mobile Workstation
SmoothCreations released another portable desktop based on Core i7, this time named Bulldozer.
The company is looking to target two classes of consumers with this product: gamers, and graphics professionals, who will take advantage of its hardware for high-definition gaming or CAM/CAE/CAD, medical imaging, forensics, government or military use. The applications are broad thanks to the hardware, which just might come at the expense of a little portability.
- Smooth Creations launches World's First i7 Notebook with Intel i7 Quad Core and Xeon Processors; 1GB nVidia GeForce Go GTX 280M; 1.5TB of storage with RAID 0,1,5 for On-the-Road Mobile Workstation or Mobile Server use.
- The World's First workstation and server-class notebook with Intel i7 Quad Core or XEON processor; 1.5 Terabytes of storage, RAID 0/1 5 and internal 1 hour Battery!
- Smooth Creations, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and energy efficient All-in-One PCs, introduced the Smooth Creations X58-i7 Mobile Workstation/Server powered by Intel's newest line of Quad Core and XEON LGA1366 processors.
- Smooth Creations X58-i7 provides workstation and server-calibre capabilities with 1.5 Terabytes of storage with three physical SATA-300 hard drives and RAID 0/1/5, super-powerful 3.2GHz Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition I7-965; 3.2GHz XEON X5580 processors running at 2x 6.4GT/sec bus speed or 2.93GHz Intel Core i7 Processor I-940 running at 4.8GT/sec with 8MB L3 cache, Gigabit Ethernet port on-board, HDMI, eSATA, DVi ports, with a 17" WUXGA LCD display and full size keyboard.
- Featuring workstation-class or server-class Intel Core i7 or Xeon Processor and up to 12GB of DDR3-1366 memory, the X58-i7 also features the largest storage capacity on the market today - a whopping 1.5TB with RAID 0/1/5 - making it the perfect mobile workstation or server laptop for users who demand extra-large capacity storage and reliability for true portable server / workstation experience.
- Smooth Creations X58-i7 supports most of 64-bit operating systems available on the market for XP Pro 64-bit, Vista 64-bit or Microsoft Server 2008 and Red Hat.
The Bulldozer laptop features a nice 17-inch screen with a native resolution of 1900x1200 pixels.
As stated it is powered up by Core i7 (models 940 or 965 XE) or Xeon X5580 processor and comes with up to 16 GG. Its pricing is yet announced.
Check out more at Smooth Creations.
NVIDIA posts first quarter loss of $201.3 million
NVIDIA announced its first quarter 2009 financial results, the company saw its revenue decline 42 percent year-over-year to $664.2 million and recorded a GAAP net loss of $201.3 million, although $140.2 million of this is a non-recurring charge related to a cash tender offer to purchase employee stock options.
The good news is revenue grew 38 percent sequentially from Q4 2008 and that inventory decreased from 144 to 64 days. Furthermore, the graphics chip maker also beat Wall Street expectations, as analysts were betting on a loss of 11 cents per share on a revenue of $514.7 million.
For the first quarter of 2009, revenue was $664.2 million compared with $1.2 billion for the first quarter of 2008, a decrease of 42 percent.
During the first quarter of 2009, NVIDIA recorded a non-recurring charge of $140.2 million in connection with a previously announced cash tender offer to purchase employee stock options. This charge represents stock-based compensation expense associated with the stock options that were tendered, plus associated payroll taxes and professional fees.
NVIDIA's results for the first quarter of 2009, computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), included a net loss of $201.3 million, or $0.37 per share. Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2009, which excludes recurring stock-based compensation charges, the non-recurring charge related to the tender offer, and the associated tax impact of these items, was $46.7 million, or $0.09 per share.
"We made good progress managing expenses and significantly reducing inventory, while continuing to invest in our growth strategies," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "The GPU is ever-more central to our computing experience. There is a rapidly growing number of applications that rely on the GPU, and the industry is gearing up to launch the next generation operating systems that adopt GPU computing."
Intel attempts to cut Atom supply to Chinese knockoff netbook makers
Trading Markets wrote Intel is going to implement rigid monitoring over the supply of its Atom processors in China, to prevent that knockoff netbook manufacturers get their hands on the processor.
The global chip maker will not accept orders for Atom processors from the hundreds of local knockoff netbook producers in the future. Normal computer manufacturers will procure Atom processors from local agencies only.
Besides, those Taiwan computer manufacturers with large Atom stockpiles will be tracked, in case that they would resell the processors to the mainland knockoff makers. And Intel has established a perfect monitoring system to enforce the processor supply mechanism.
Intel's Rock Star Ads
If you haven't done so, check out Intel's new Rock Star ad, definiely worth the 30 seconds you need to watch it;)
Intel CPU Virtualization confusion undermining Windows 7 XP Mode
The widespread Windows 7 RC release has meant many users attention turned to the OS' recently-announced Windows XP Mode, only to discover what Microsoft had warned from the start: many processors won't support it.
It is simple: XP Mode requires hardware-assisted virtualization, which means the CPU must support either Intel VT or AMD-V technology, and the motherboard BIOS must have it enabled.
What many Intel users are discovering now is that their CPUs - even high-speed processors still on sale now - don't support Intel VT, and as such XP Mode can't be used. The issue appears to be one of marketing and product differentiation, with Intel disabling VT support on certain processors in its ranges so that it can hit various price-points. That means price, clock speed and number of cores isn't a sign of whether VT is enabled: high-spec dual-core CPUs can have VT support, while low-spec quad-core CPUs do not, and if the buyer is busy balancing price versus performance they may not realize what's omitted.
ZDNet's Ed Bott has put together a list of which Intel processors currently support VT, but be warned, Intel are about to change things up again. Here it is.