Gigabyte introduces UD4 technology
Gigabyte is cranking that Ultra Durable technology of theirs a notch up to the fourth version of the Ultra Durable technology, which is based on the company's previous UD3 design, enhanced to address the problems of humidity, electrostatic discharge, high temperature, and power surge.
According to Gigabyte, the problem of humidity was resolved by using a new fiberglass PCB material, that provides better insulation and helps reduce the corrosion of the PCB contacts against moisture.
This new fiberglass material is paired together with integrated controllers (ICs) specially designed to be highly resistant to ESD (electrostatic discharge) as well as with an active surge protection system, which relies not just on fuses but on an IC to deliver added protection.
One of Gigabyte's very first motherboards based on the Ultra Durable 4 design is the GA-H61M-DS2, a micro-ATX socket LGA1155 solution based on the Intel H61 chipset.
This board features PCI Express Gen 3 slots, is ready for the upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, and includes the HybridEFI BIOS that lets you boot from volumes bigger than 2.2 TB in size.
NVIDIA warns about counterfeit GeForce GPUs
NVIDIA send out a warning to only buy graphics cards from authorized partners as the company has the discovered that substandard GeForce-branded products are being sold on the gray market:
"Reseller who do not purchase from authorized partners run the risk of putting substandard products in their customer's hands. That can only lead to higher returns rates and damaged relationships with consumers," said Fiona Faulkner, senior director for sales for GeForce EMEAI, reports MicroScope web-site.
Remarking of graphics processors and even central processing units is not something unusual and occurred for many times in the past. For example, it is not hard to remark a chip into a more expensive model that runs on a higher clock-speed and then sell it at a higher price. The same can be done with a fully-made graphics card. In many cases, such
WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship Trailer
The sequel to the popular WRC title is currently being developed by Milestone and will be published exclusively by Black Bean Games for PlayStation
Dead Island Release Trailer
OCZ announces RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution
Well, it's official. We already reported about this product back at Computex and hope to receive the first samples in two maybe three weeks.
OCZ Technology announced the release of the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution. Designed to dramatically accelerate applications and system responsiveness, the RevoDrive Hybrid's superior combination of SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technology is a revolutionary step forward for high-performance, economical storage.
The RevoDrive Hybrid integrates the benefits of both SSD and HDD technology into a single solution to offer both enhanced responsiveness and ample storage capacity. The drive comes bundled with Dataplex
MediaPortal 1.2.0 RC1
The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users. In reaching this goal MediaPortal:
- Promotes open source ideology, building on and supporting other open source projects
- Promotes the sharing of knowledge and collaboration using information sharing tools and practices
- Understands development is a team effort and treats users as co-developers, which has proven to be the most effective option for rapid development
- Applies the 'Law of Diminishing Return' so the majority of effort is invested in implementing features which have the most benefit and widest general usage by the community.
MediaPortal 1.2.0 RC RELEASED!
With the release of 1.2.0 RC we have almost reached the end of the 1.2.0 development cycle. After the release of 1.2.0 Beta, we entered a 'feature freeze'. This means that in 1.2.0 RC you will find mainly bug fixes.
Notable changes since 1.2.0 Beta
With more than 150 bug fixes since the release of 1.2.0 Beta, it would be too much to list all changes here. So the following list focuses on a few highlights which we have done since the release of 1.2.0 Beta.
KFA2 - Galaxy Stream HD review
The main idea with this product is to send the monitor signal wireless over WIFI in-between the two devices with support for FullHD aka 1080P resolutions. A daunting task, so it shall be, deep down in the dark caves of Mordor the molding and shaped what has become "StreamHD". A very simple to use wireless display solution that supports HDMI 1.3, 720P and 1080P, it has latency less then 1ms, comes with audio support for 7.1 channels PCM. DTS and Dolby Digital by utilizing the 5 GHz (802.11 a/n band .The solution even is HDCP 1.0 and 2.0 (Blu-Ray) compatible.
Check out the review right here.
Renesas USB 3.0 to SATA 6 Gb/s Bridge SoC
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of its new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) SATA3 bridge system-on-chip ([SoC], part number,
Scythe Ninja 3 Silent Version CPU Cooler
Scythe is announcing a special edition of Ninja 3 CPU Cooler. Silent Version of Ninja 3 CPU Cooler is modified with the aim to create a specially silent operating CPU Cooler. While normal Ninja 3 version comes with a PWM controlled fan operating in a range from 470 to 1.900 rpm, new Ninja 3 Silent Version is equipped with a Slip Stream 120 mm fan (SY1225SL12L) which is spinning constantly at a fan speed of 800 rpm. Hence allows the CPU Cooler to operate at the impressively low noise level of only 10,70 dBA.
Thanks to this modification overall weight of Ninja 3 Silent Version could be reduced to 1040 Gramm (37.04 oz.). Main heatsink has not been modified and is furthermore equipped with total of 8 high-quality copper heatpipes which are connected to the nickel-plated copper base-plate. Ninja 3 Silent Version covers all current, and previous CPU Sockets such as Intel socket LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 as well as AMD socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3, 940, including the new socket AM3+ and FM1. Scythe Flip Mount Super Backplate 2 (F.M.S.B.2) assures safe fit by using a backplate and screw mounting system which was introduced with the normal Version.
Silent Version of Ninja 3 (SCNJ-3000-SV) will be available on the market as of September 2nd 2011 for 37,90 EUR (MSRP, excl. VAT/Tax).
LG Roboking VR6180VMC robotic vacuum
LG will show off a cool new robotic vacuum cleaner at IFA 2011 called the Roboking VR680VMNC. It remains me more than a little of the Toshiba robot vacuum that I talked about a few days ago. The LG offering has three cameras and a host of sensors that help it to navigate your home and clean things up. The coolest thing is that the LG Roboking vacuum can be controlled remotely.
The vacuum connects to the WiFi network in the hoe and can then be controlled from just about anywhere using your smartphone. The cameras will stream live images to allow you to check on your home or pets while you are away. The vacuum is also very quiet so it won
Sharkoon Tarea mid-tower to arrive for 36.49EUR
That is dirt cheap, for a pretty okay looking chassis.
Sharkoon delivers another budget mid-tower case; the new Tarea should be available at retailers for around 36.49EUR.
Sharkoon is expanding their collection of PC cases: The Sharkoon Tarea comes with nine 5.25" bays and a straightforward, simple mesh front design as a follow-up to the successful Sharkoon Rebel9 Economy.
The ATX case, to include the interior, maintains a completely black lacquer finish. The front presents itself with nine different mesh faceplates, while mesh inserts in the rounded, vertical frame edges complete the design. The nine 5.25 inch bays and seven card slots offer more than enough room for hard drives, optical drives, function panels and expansion cards of your choice. Six built-in drives are externally accessible, while the three lower bays are located behind the removable front fan bracket. Sharkoon includes decoupled mounting brackets for hard drives and 3.5 inch drives, as well as mesh faceplates with 3.5 inch openings. Optical drives and hard drives are secured using the practical quick-locking mechanisms; the main board tray provides a CPU cooler mount opening and feedthrough for orderly cable installation. The ATX power supply is fitted on the bottom of the case. The top I/O panel provides audio jacks, two USB2.0 ports and an eSATA interface. Two rubber-protected feedthroughs are provided on the backside for water cooling hoses.
The Sharkoon Tarea comes without any preinstalled fans. For an individual cooling design tailored to particular requirements the case offers mounting options for a 120 mm fan in the front, two 120 mm fans on the side panel and a 80 or 120 mm fan in the rear. The case measures 475 x 200 x 440 (L x W x H), the empty weight is 6.2 kg. The internal dimensions support the installation of graphic cards and power supply?s up to 30 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16 cm in height.
End customers will find the Sharkoon Tarea available immediately for the suggested retail price of 36.49 euros in authorized retailers.
Razer Blackwidow Stealth Edition keyboard
Razer debuts the Blackwidow Stealth Edition, a new gaming keyboard series that focuses on silence.
Razer, the world
Windows 8 offers native ISO mounting support
Microsoft has a new post up on its Building Windows 8 blog:
ISO files are used by vendors to distribute software. Backup applications also store content in the ISO format and many utilities allow creation of an ISO file from existing CDROM or DVD media. Once created, these files can be sent around, downloaded, and stored just like any other file - however, before you can access the photos, video, applications, documents, or other content contained within the ISO file, you either have to "burn" the ISO file to a writable optical disc or download and install software that allows you to "mount" and access the ISO file contents directly (i.e. without burning). With Windows 8, we have eliminated this last step � you can simply access the contents of the ISO file without needing either needing to burn a new disc or needing to find/download/install additional software just to logically access the ISO.
So how does this work in Windows 8? It's quite simple - just "mount" the ISO file (you can select mount from the enhanced Explorer ribbon or double-click or right-click on the file), and a new drive letter appears, indicating that the contents are now readily accessible. Underneath the covers, Windows seamlessly creates a "virtual" CDROM or DVD drive for you on-the-fly so you can access your data. Let's walk through the flow that will enable you to access such an ISO file.
As you see in the figure below, we have three ISO files in a local folder. The one we will work with contains the (legally obtained) Office application suite. To mount the ISO, you can either double click the file or click Mount on the Actions tab.
Samsung Announces Galaxy S II LTE
Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Galaxy S II including support for Long Term Evolution 4G. The Galaxy S II LTE runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and support for 3D graphics and gaming. It has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera and HD video capture.
The device will ship with Samsung's various hubs, include the Social, Game, and Music hubs (Reader hub to be available after launch), which provide users with access to content, media, and other services. Samsung notes that the Galaxy S II will support the mobile hotspot feature and will allow up to eight other Wi-Fi devices to connect to the mobile network. Samsung didn't specify what bands the Galaxy S II LTE will support. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are deploying LTE on different slices of 700MHz spectrum in the U.S. European network operators are deploying LTE in a number of bands, including 800MHz, 1800MHz, and other frequencies. Samsung is expected to make a more formal announcement on September 1 in Berlin at the IFA event.
Wasteland Angel - Release Trailer
Corsair High-Capacity Force Series GT out
Corsair Announces Availability of High-Capacity Force Series GT SSDs - New 180GB and 240GB Solid-State Drives models take full addvantage of SATA 6Gb/s technology.
Lian Li Launches Full-tower PC-90
Lian Li Industrial introduced a new full-tower chassis, the PC-90. Available in striking black or silver hairline-brushed, anodized metal casing, the PC-90, also known as 'The Hammer', represents the best of Made-in-Taiwan ingenuity and quality, with the ease of tool-less design.
The Lian Li PC-90's unique internal layout allows large HPTX motherboards to be held in a standard, full-tower case with a weight of only 6.6kg. 'The Hammer' PC-90 is light and compact, and can easily fit under a desk like a standard PC chassis. This makes the chassis an excellent solution for systems/servers/workstations without needing a large, heavy steel case.
Instead of standard HDD cages that obstruct internal air-flow, the PC-90's HDD drives are mounted vertically on two trays inside the left side panel. This way, the entire back of the case can be used to hold the motherboard, even enabling a larger HPTX or server motherboard to fit into the standard, full-tower chassis.
The Lian Li PC-90 offers the advantage of two 140mm front fans blowing cool air directly and unrestricted over the motherboard and VGA card to the rear 120mm fan. Its sturdy HDD trays on the side of the case lock firmly into place in order to avoid vibration. Nonetheless, the trays can be easily removed via thumbscrew, allowing for easy installation of three 3.5
ASUS O!Play Mini Plus Smart TV set-top box
ASUS introduced the O!Play Mini Plus Smart TV set-top box, a HD media player with integrated Acetrax and Facebook support.
Bringing internet based entertainment to the living room, ASUS has launched the O!Play Mini Plus. It offers access to a multitude of online services for endless entertainment from both video and social media websites, while featuring Gigabit LAN and Wireless N to ensure that content is fast and smooth. The O!Play Mini Plus is also versatile, able to play content from a connected PC, smartphone or tablet, and even automatically playing files straight from a connected USB drive.
Popular online entertainment
This set-top box provides limitless online entertainment, including access to Mediafly, Dailymotion*, Facebook*, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, thousands of internet TV and radio stations, and much more. It