Modern Warfare 3 PC gets dedicated servers
Activision has said that it will support dedicated servers in the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 despite ongoing concerns about how they can be used to cheat online.
Developer Infinity Ward famously ditched dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2, claiming that it wanted to guarantee service quality for its whole customer base
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive review
Patriot Memory recently released a USB stick, all 3.0 compatible and it's called the SuperSpeed Magnum. That surely hints towards a nice caliber. We test the 64GB version of this model, and their Magnum .. well it's the fastest and most l33t little fracker your money can get you with read performance of 200 MB/sec.
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Web-Browser Download available
Mozilla released Firefox 6 - the version number inflation drive continues as it plays catch up with Google Chrome 13 and Internet Explorer 9. Released today, Firefox 6 packs small number of new features, improved font rendering, along with the usual load of security and bug fixes. To begin with, the navigation toolbar got a couple of updates: the address bar now highlights the domain name of the loaded webpage. The site identity box (which displays the favicon, and security status of the loaded webpage), is now "streamlined" with the rest of the address bar.
Firefox 6 supports the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API. It adds support for EventSource / server-sent events, window.matchMedia. There's an improved web-console to help developers. The browser has better discoverability with Firefox Sync. It starts faster when using Panorama. Again, there's the a load of security and stability fixes.
ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard
ASUS announced the launch of their new Mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD A75 chipset, the F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard. With onboard graphics built in to the APU, the F1A75-I DELUXE offers excellent graphics performance, especially when combined with a discrete GPU for Dual Graphics capabilities. Like the previous F1A75 series, this version is also equipped with the latest ASUS-exclusive technologies and features, including DIGI+ VRM for precise digital power control, a graphical and mouse-controlled UEFI BIOS and support for DirectX
Lian Li PC-V353 and PC-Q25 SFF cases
Lian Li announced two new cases, the PC-V353 and the PC-Q25, two new aluminium cases for SFF systems.
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd, maker of high-end, all-aluminum computer chassis for over 13 years, is proud to announce the release of two new PC cases: the HTPC PC-V353 and Mini-Tower PC-Q25. A new edition to Lian Li's HTPC chassis series, the PC-V353 features a handsome front mesh design and is available in eye-catching black or silver. The aluminum-front mini-tower PC-Q25 offers a contemporary design that lends itself to any professional or home environment, and is available in black and silver colors. Both of these models offer impressive engineering, the convenience of tool-free installation, and excellent air-flow.
Boasting the ability to accept Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, this HTPC chassis also allows energy-saving and quiet, fan-free operation. The entire chassis is geared towards users wanting a noise-free, passively cooling system, but users still have a choice to install their own fans for active airflow, if desired. In addition to four ventilated PCI slots, the front-panel mesh cover forms a clever ventilation system with excellent cool air flow. Hot air also leaves the frame through the top using the chassis's unique
PNY liquid cooled GeForce GTX 580 cards
PNY Technologies, Inc. launches their all-in-one Liquid Cooled Graphics solution, now available to consumers nationwide. The new line of Liquid Cooled Graphics will debut with two options: the XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 and XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 with CPU Cooling.
PNY and Asetek, a leader in CPU thermal management, have combined forces to launch a high-end Liquid Cooled Graphics solution geared towards gaming enthusiasts. Consumers will receive a fully integrated XLR8 GeForce GTX liquid cooled graphics system, with a combination GPU/CPU cooling version available as well. Engineered with a closed loop system, and built with an Asetek sealed water cooler already attached, the PNY design offers consumers an out-of-the-box ready, simple to install and reliable product.
PNY's new Liquid Cooled Graphics system delivers significant benefits, with up to 30% cooler temperatures, 30% quieter acoustics and 10% faster performance than the standard reference designed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. With increased overclocking headroom versus air cooled, the liquid keeps overall temperature and noise levels low, while providing better performance for gamers. With a 30% reduction in temperature, PC parts are protected due to lower exposure to hot temperatures. Additionally, less noise is produced as fans aren't running at maximum speed to compensate for the heat. Lower acoustics means a quieter gaming environment for more intense concentration and the option for gamers to eliminate the use of headphones to mask noise levels. The overall advantage is extreme performance and higher frame rates without the heat.
"Designed to increase performance while reducing noise and temperature, PNY's Liquid Cooled Graphics offers the fastest factory-overclocked card currently on the market at 857 MHz," said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY. "The simple all-in-one design offers a powerful, yet easy to install and cost-effective gaming solution that's backed by the PNY warranty. This highly anticipated graphics option will enable more enthusiast gamers to experience gaming in a whole new way."
The first 100 consumers to purchase from PNY.com will receive a special promotional launch bundle. With the purchase of a Liquid Cooled GTX 580 on PNY.com, consumers will receive over $100 worth of bonus PNY gear: a 16ft Active High Speed HDMI Mini to HDMI Cable, a custom-built PNY 8GB 'Liquid Cooled' USB Flash Drive, and a 'Liquid Cooled' logo T-shirt. This bundle is available for a limited time only and only on PNY.com.
- XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580: $579.99
- XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 with CPU Cooling: $649.99
- 1536 MB of GDDR5 frame buffer memory
- 857 MHz core clock and 1714 MHz processor core clock
- 512 processor cores
- 202.18 GB/second memory bandwidth
- 384-bit memory interface
- A texture fill rate of 54.85 billion/second
- An effective memory data rate of 4212 MHz
PNY offers a 5-Year Warranty for the Liquid Cooled system. Users have a standard 3-year out of box warranty, extended to 5 years upon completion of product registration at PNY.com within 90 days of purchase. PNY also offers free 24-hour technical support.
NVIDIA: Tegra 3more performance less power consumption
NVIDIA's that Kal El (Tegra 3) will not only offer more performance than Tegra 2 but also a lower power consumption as X-bit Labs reported today.
Nvidia Corp.'s next-generation code-named Kal El system-on-chip for media tablets and high-end smartphones will not only be considerably faster than the current Tegra 2, but will also be more energy-efficient, according to the company. Nvidia believes that the new Tegra "Kal El" will further boost the company's momentum on the market of ultra-portable devices.
"Kal-El is going to be world's first quad-core [ARM] processor [for ultra-portable devices]. It has so much higher performance than Tegra 2 and at so much lower power! Very few people have internalizes that Kal-El is lower power in every use case compared to Tegra 2. So this is, it is really a great breakthrough based on the technology we call variable SMP, variable symmetric multiprocessing, that makes it possible for us to achieve much higher performance where performance is needed and much lower power in almost everything that you do," said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia, during the company's most recent conference call with financial analysts.
Nvidia again did not reveal precise specifications of Tegra "Kal El", but based on a previous reports we know that the system-on-chip (SoC) is based on four Cortex-A9 application cores, will feature a GeForce graphics processor with twelve stream processors and will have a new display and video engines capable of supporting Blu-ray disc video playback and stereo-3D graphics output. Other capabilities and clock-speeds of the novelty are not known previously. The chip developer claims that the new chip outperforms Nvidia Tegra 2 by up to five times.
Earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Nvidia demonstrated that the Tegra 3 can browse the Web, run games and stream/decode video with 2560x1440 (1440p) extreme HD resolution. At the trade-show Nvidia demonstrated its Tegra "Kal El" in an Android-based tablet with 10.1" screen.
Borderlands 2 Teaser Trailer
The first Borderlands 2 trailer has surfaced.
"Borderlands is back! Check out the new Borderlands 2 Teaser and get ready to venture back to Pandora!"
Epic working on five projects and Unreal Engine 4
Epic Games certainly has a lot planned for the future. With Gears of War 3 releasing in September, Epic has planned ahead and already has five titles unrelated to the Gears franchise already in production. The company is working on building the next Unreal Engine and during the Games Developer Conference, Epic president Mike Capps has said the PC platform has become their new target.
Speaking today at GDC Europe in Cologne, company president Mike Capps said the PC platform ihas become a renewed target for Epic.
"The PC has for too long been a port-to platform," he said.
It is a near-certainty that some of those new projects will be digital only. Epic has in he past two years delivered blockbuster content for Xbox Live Arcade and, perhaps more importantly, Apple
Battlefield 3 Jet Combat Trailer
This gameplay video is hot off the press from the Gamescom EA Press Briefing. It is brand new gameplay footage from the Caspian Border MP map. It features intense 64-player vehicle warfare.
"Intense 64-player vehicle warfare - including jets - from the 3 multiplayer map Caspian Border! This marks the premier of jet gameplay as played at GamesCom 2011. Caspian Border is a multi-faceted, vehicle heavy map that exemplifies classic Battlefield gameplay"
AMD's Next-Gen Wichita and Krishna APUs Detailed
If there is one spot where information leaks it seems to be donim haber. New slided popped up showing information on AMD's Next-Generation Wichita and Krishna APUs. The new APUs (CPU+GPU) are planned for 2012 and are part of AMDs Deccan low-power solutions.
The products need to be seen and ranged in the same segment as Intel's Atom and VIA's Nano processors. Currently we have the "Zacate" and "Ontario" processors like the E350 filling that job. The future platform will be named "Deccan," and will see two APUs codenamed "Wichita" and "Krishna,".
For the next generation AMD is planning to move into the 28 nanometer node and will place four x86-64 cores based on the Bobcat architecture on a single piece of silicon, with an integrated memory controller and AMD Radeon discrete-class graphics.
Wichita and Krishna are complete single-chip designs, meaning that the FCH or Fusion Controller Hub merged into the APU silicon. Motherboards and notebook logic boards will have just one big chip, with no "chipset" of any form.
And that means that Wichita and Krishna will be SoC (system on chip). Check out some of the slides.
Passmark PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1024
PassMark PerformanceTest allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.
- Find out if your PC is performing at its best.
- Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines.
- Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades.
- Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance.
- Make objective independent measurements on which to base your
- Use the advanced tests to create you own benchmark scenarios
Changes in version 7.0 build 1024:
- Fix for flashing main window. Not confirmed to work with all system configurations.
- Fixed a lockup when trying to do a disk test on a drive without enough space.
- Fixed a bug that would allow 2d results to go negative.
- Added warning when running 32-bit PT on 64-bit Windows
- Added AMD A series CPUs to the advanced baseline search.
New M-DISC to Provide Up To 1,000 Years of Permanent Data Storage
Millenniata, a new optical disc company, ushered in a new era of information storage with the release of its M-DISC and M-READY disc storage technology
New USB 3.0 power spec enables up to 100W
The USB 3.0 promoter group announced it's working on a new power delivery specification that will enable higher voltage and current in order to deliver up to 100W of power via the USB interface:
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is announcing that it is creating a new power delivery specification which will significantly extend the capabilities and usages of cable bus power in USB applications. The new specification will enable delivery of more power via the familiar USB connectors and cables, and will coexist with the USB Battery Charging 1.2 specification and existing USB bus-powered applications.
Key characteristics of the forthcoming USB Power Delivery solution include:
- Compatible with existing cables and connectors
- Enables voltage and current values to be negotiated over the USB power pins
- Enables higher voltage and current in order to deliver power up to 100W
- Switchable source of power delivery without changing cable direction
- Coexists with USB Battery Charging 1.2 and works equally well with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
NVIDIA has working 28nm chips
NVIDIA announced it's well prepared for 28nm process technology, reports X-bit Labs:
Nvidia Corp. said it had learnt the lessons with 40nm process technology and would not repeat its mistakes with the 28nm fabrication process. The company spent time on learning the peculiarities of the 28nm manufacturing technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and already has working 28nm chips.
"We are far better prepared for 28nm than we were for 40nm. Because we took it so much more seriously. We were successful on so many different nodes for so long that we all collectively, as an industry, forgot how hard it is. So, one of the things that we did this time around was to set up an entire organization that is dedicated to advanced nodes. We have had many, many tests chips run on 28nm, we have working silicon," said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia.
TSMC's 40nm manufacturing process was plagued with low yields conditioned by problems with the technology itself, manufacturing issues and design errors. Nvidia started to develop its 40nm lineup without knowing about the potential issues and when it ran into a set of unexpected problems it had to delay launch of its key-products based on Fermi architecture. With 28nm process technology, the company seems to be better prepared.
"[Our experience with 28nm] is looking really good, it is looking much better than our experience with 40nm. It is just a comprehensive, across-the-board engagement between TSMC and ourselves making sure that we are ready for production ramp when the time comes. So I feel really good about 28nm," said Jen-Hsun Huang.
Nvidia said earlier this month that it plans to test-drive its next-generation Kepler graphics processing unit (GPU) this year and introduce the new chips commercially in 2012.
Kepler is Nvidia's next-generation graphics processor architecture that is projected to bring considerable performance improvements and will likely make the GPU more flexible in terms of programmability, which will speed up development of applications that take advantage of GPGPU (general purpose processing on GPU) technologies. Some of the technologies that Nvidia promised to introduce in Kepler and Maxwell (the architecture that will succeed Kepler) include virtual memory space (which will allow CPUs and GPUs to use the "unified" virtual memory), pre-emption, enhance the ability of GPU to autonomously process the data without the help of CPU and so on.
QPAD OM-75 gaming mouse teaser
QPAD teases the OM-75, an upcoming gaming mouse with a white design. It will hit the market in the first week of September for 49.90EUR.
Unlike many other brands that focus on DPI in their selling pitch, QPAD has focused on the technology that does matter: The image processing, sensing pixels, response time, micro control unit and max speed and last but not least the overall performance quality of the sensor.
For most gamers, it's all about the feel, and this is where the QPAD OM-75 truly shines! QPAD OM-75 features the award winning 5-finger grip, a stylish white piano finish that is easy to keep clean and true CPI setting in the sensor (Not software/firmware interpolation). The reliable sensor technology, proven by millions of gamers, has undergone improvements for generations. QPAD OM-75 also features a micro control unit to optimize the tracking performance, pre-mounted Glidz on the feets for smoother and faster mouse movement, 7 buttons of which 5 are programmable for shortcuts, keys and macro commands. You can move at a max speed of 1 meter per second without losing data performance.
The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 6469 frames per second covering an area of 30x30 pixels per frame. This generates an image processing of impressive 5.8 MB data per second. You will be able to adjust the USB polling rate between 125, 250, 500 and 1000 Hz depending on how much your computer port can accept without creating lag. The QPAD OM-75 is Plug & Play for easy installation, so no external drivers are needed. The QPAD OM-75 also contains onboard memory that keeps your programmed settings, even when switching to another computer. In addition to all this, the left and right buttons are built to last an impressive 5 million clicks, and the QPAD OM-75 switch technology will provide you with a distinctive feedback, to make sure every click counts!
Although the latest generation of laser sensors provides significantly higher CPI, many gamers have become accustomed to the feel and movement that an optical mouse offers. The gaming grade optical sensor by Avago has undergone improvements for generations and is now almost flawless. And in addition to our comfortable grip together with the white piano finish, which is incredibly easy to keep clean, and the programmable features, the QPAD OM-75 will be a great bang for your bucks. Says Christer K
Scientists develop electronic skin tattoo
Breitbart reports researchers have designed an epidermal electronic system that blurs the line between electronics and biology. The invention has a broad range of applications, including the medical field but also espionage and entertainment.
The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science.
"It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user."
The patch could be used instead of bulky electrodes to monitor brain, heart and muscle tissue activity and when placed on the throat it allowed users to operate a voice-activated video game with better than 90 percent accuracy.
Google set to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion
Google has announced it will be buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. That's at $40.00 per share in cash, which is a 63% premium to the closing price of the stock as of last Friday.
It will definitely change the smartphone landscape. Google was 'just' the software side of the equation with Android, but now it's invested into the hardware side too. As a result, it may have gained that 'complete end-to-end stack' advantage that Apple has held to date.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MMI - News) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said,