Left 4 Dead Fan Film Teaser
Bill Gates Might Return To Microsoft?
A article from Fortune surfaced just today (12/8), discussing the possible rumor of Bill Gates returning to the helm of Microsoft. According to Fortune a prominent chief executive heard from someone close to Gates that he might be contemplating such a move.
The company's stock price has been a thorn in Ballmer's side for a decade. At the end of 1999, Microsoft's best year for market price, shares were at almost $60. When Ballmer took over as chief executive in January 2000, the stock was still over $50. With the burst of the tech bubble, Microsoft's stock dropped steeply and hovered around $25 area through much of the decade, excepting a short rally above $35 in late-2007 and a dip under $20 during the 2008 financial crisis. Ballmer dumped much of his stock during the decade and Bill Gates gradually left daily operations. (Gates' last full day was in June 2008.) During that time, the stock stayed flat as competitors such as Oracle (ORCL) and Apple (AAPL) saw huge gains in their share price.
Could Gates goose the moribund stock price? Possibly. Any CEO turnover tends to jumpstart improvement in a company's stock price, says Jarrad Harford, finance professor and chair at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business in Seattle. According to Harford, investors anticipate the company's value under new management even before the executive actually takes over. (New CEOs have about a year before his or her imprint needs to be visible to investors.) "There's a lot of frustration among investors with Steve Ballmer," adds Ed Maguire of CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. "Some is merited, some may not be. But there's certainly a perception that Ballmer is responsible for the under-performance of the stock."
Analysts say that whoever is in charge at Microsoft will face serious headwinds -- even Gates. Under Ballmer, the company picked itself up after the disastrous Windows Vista, launching Windows 7 successfully. Now, it is preparing Windows 8, which the company hopes will launch it into tablets. But it must draw developers to its platforms and duke it out with with Amazon (AMZN), Apple and Google. "There are very few examples of where returning founders had to come from behind in their certain market," warns Kirk Materne of Evercore Partners, which carries out investment banking services for Microsoft. "Gates was great at Microsoft when Microsoft was the dominant player." Even Gates, Materne warns, would face challenges.
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action video
X3: Albion Prelude Announced
Developer Egosoft has announced X3: Albion Prelude, a new add-on that promises to bridge the gap between 08/09's X3: Terran Conflict and the upcoming X Rebirth. The X3: Terran Conflict add-on is planned to launch on December 15 for the PC and Mac.
- Bridging the gap between X3:Terran Conflict and the upcoming X Rebirth
- Improved user interface
- New Stock Exchange feature
- A huge war and lots of new missions and ships!
X3: Albion Prelude provides a welcome bridge from the X Universe we know and love to the X Universe that will be experienced in X Rebirth. This new adventure will also feature more than 30 new ships and stations. A new Stock Exchange feature will enable players to speculate in local markets in a bid to increase their wealth. With this will also come tools to monitor and analyse economic developments and progress. Users with high-end machines will also benefit from some improved graphical quality settings. It is important to note that X3: Albion Prelude will NOT feature savegame compatibility with X3: Terran Conflict.
For owners of the X Superbox, X3: Albion Prelude will be available as a free download on Steam, while for owners of X3: Terran Conflict it will be available at the 'add-on' price of �9.99. For players new to the series, X3: Terran Conflict and X3: Albion Prelude will be available for purchase as a bundle. Time your purchase right and you could enjoy substantial discounts in the Steam holiday sale too!
Battlefield 3 Gulf of Oman and Karkand Shaky cam vids
This is a shaky cam video recording of the Battlefied 3 Back to Karkand Expansion. Quality is horrible, but I don't think this trailer has been shown already. The recording was taken during an AMD presentation where EA gave some insights.
So this video is just for reference for the ones interested.
And here a shaky cam video recording of the Battlefied 3 Gulf of Oman Expansion, it's a level from the BF2 series yet certainly with different looks. Movie Quality again is horrible. The recording was taken during an AMD presentation where EA gave some insights.
EVGA Precision v2.1.1 Download
- Now EVGA Voltage Tuner application is included into EVGA Precision distributive. EVGA Voltage Tuner is accessible via advanced EVGA Precision properties as well as via shortcut in the Start menu. Please note that it does not share the profiling system with EVGA Precision, if you want the voltage to be applied on system startup please see the "About" tab.
EVGA On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.2.3. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Fixed vertex buffer overflow issue causing improper On-Screen Display rendering or crashing in Direct3D10 / Direct3D11 applications when too many items are selected to be displayed in On-Screen Display
- Updated profiles list
- Kernel mode RTCore driver has been upgraded to v1.6. New driver introduces RivaTuner-styled protected MMIO IOCTLs and removes outdated IOCTLs dedicated for some old and currently abandoned RTCore technology based applications (HIS iTurbo and RMClock)
- Now EVGA Precision restores default hardware automatic fan control mode when logging off from Windows
- Now EVGA Precision starts faster than before due to cached database access and optimized GPU context switching in profile load routine
- Now power users may enable optional single tray icon mode via the configuration file. When single tray icon mode is enabled, the primary application tray icon is being replaced with hardware monitoring tray icon(s) if monitoring in system tray is enabled and EVGA On-Screen Display server
SiSoftware SANDRA 2012 download available
SiSoftware are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2012, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
At SiSoftware we operate on a "just-in-time" release cycle: we add features as soon as available and do not wait for the release of major versions of our software to include them. We observe the industry, predict where trends are going, and devise new ways to measure performance. SiSoftware works with all major hardware vendors to ensure we can accurately measure, report and present results in the most accurate and informative way.
In preparation for Windows 8 and its brand-new METRO API running on .Net (as used on Windows Phone 7.x), we have updated our .Net benchmarks that can measure .Net CLR performance. A new METRO style interface is also included for Windows 8 users. The GPGPU benchmarks have been upgraded to General Processing (GP) benchmarks, able to fully test the new APU (CPU+GPU) processors.
Using statistical analysis tools against the 1 million+ benchmark results submitted to the Official SiSoftware Ranker, you can now certify* whether your tested device operates at peak performance. Based on the quality and variability of the results you can determine whether there are issues with the device that need to be addressed.
Key features of Sandra 2012
- 3 native architectures support (x86, x64, ARM).
- Huge official hardware support through technology partners (Intel, AMD/ATI, SiS, VIA).
- 5 native virtualisation technologies support (Virtual PC 7, Virtual Server 2005, Hyper-V Server, VMware Server/ESX, VMware WorkStation/Player)
- 3 native GPGPU/GPAPU platforms support (OpenCL, DirectX Compute Shader/DirectCompute, CUDA).
- 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, DirectX 9, OpenGL 2.0+).
- 10 language versions (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Russian, Portuguese) in a single installer.
- Enhanced Sandra Lite (Eval) version (free for personal/educational use, evaluation for other uses)
Downloading - please click here.
EVGA X79 FTW LGA 2011 out
Announced in in mid-November was the EVGA X79 FTW motherboard (Intel
Intel to Retire Several Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 CPUs in 2012
Intel sends word that they plans to retire five Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 CPUs released earlier this year from its product lineup, including three Pentium processors and two second generation Core models built using the 32nm fabrication node.
The processors affected are the Core i5-2300 and Core i3-2100T, both tray and boxed, as well as the Pentium G840, G620 and G620T.
Customers can place orders for these chips until June 29 of 2012. The last shipments of tray Core i5-2300 and Core i3-2100T will be sent towards customers on December 7, 2012, while boxed CPUs will be shipped as long as supplies last.
Both the Core i5-2300 and the Core i3-2100T were part of the first Sandy Bridge chips released by Intel at the start of 2011 when the architecture became official.
In 2012 Intel will introduce a new series of processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture so it needs to make room in its lineup for these upcoming SKUs.
After the Core i5-2300 and the Core i3-2100T will be retired from Intel
AMD Shows New A-Series Notebook APUs
Yesterday AMD quietly introduced seven new accelerated A-Series notebook APU's, featuring quad and dual-core designs.
Four out of the seven CPUs introduced by AMD are from the A8 and A6 series which means that they include four processing cores, while the remaining three are A4 chips with dual computing cores.
The fastest of these quad-core models is the A8-3550MX which compared to its predecessor got 100MHz higher base and Turbo Core speeds, making it the first Llano mobile processors to reach the 2GHz frequency (2.7GHz in Turbo mode).
However, the specs of the graphics core were left unaltered and the chip sports the same Radeon HD 6620G integrated GPU which operated at 444MHz.
The remaining APUs launched by AMD also take a similar approach and just increase their base and Turbo frequencies with 100MHz over those of their predecessors, while the rest of the specs are left unaltered.
As Hardcore Hardware reports, the only exception to this rule is the entry-level A4-3305M, which works at the same frequencies as the previous A4-3300M, but now gets a new graphics core and a smaller amount of cache memory (1MB vs 2MB in the A4-3300M).
The new GPU is actually less powerful than the one in the A4-3300M as it comes with just 160 shader processors in comparison with the 240 shaders installed in the previous model, but received a higher operating frequency (593MHz vs 444MHz) to make up for this setback.
No info regarding pricing was made public by AMD, but the new Llano chips are expected to start making their way into laptops by the end of this year.
Raptor Gaming M4 gaming mouse
Raptor Gaming Technology introduced the M4, a new mouse for right-handed gamers. The M4 features a 6000 dpi laser sensor, dpi is adjustable from 400 to 6000 and the mouse has an adjustable weight system. The mouse should be available soon in the EU for around 79.90EUR.
Raptor's new gaming mouse also has a Soft-Touch surface, six buttons, on-board memory to storing game profiles, a 2.5 meter cable, a gold-plated USB connector (500/1000 Hz polling rates are supported), and comes bundled with a wrist rest, the Raptor Mousebag XL, a weight bag with 16 weights (each weight is about 2 grams), and two sets of mouse sliders.
NVIDIA sees ARM supercomputer be more efficient than x86
EE Times reports NVIDIA is betting on ARM to be more efficient for supercomputers than x86: In a recent interview, Nvidia
Battlefield 3 - Wake Island Gameplay Trailer
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is yours at no extra charge if you own a copy of the Battlefield 3: Limited Edition, or available to buy at �11.99/1200 Microsoft Points. Today also sees the launch of a huge patch for Battlefield 3 on PC, so that's some small comfort
Batman: Arkham City PC DX11 Patch
We have just released a patch for Batman: Arkham City PC that provides fixes a variety of DX 11 issues, as well as fixes for a few other non-DX 11 related issues. The DX 11 fixes will apply for the majority of players, however, some specific Steam users will experience issues when running under DX 11.
With this latest patch, Steam users with the following Windows Operation Systems should avoid running the game under DX 11 until further notice:
- Windows Vista 32 bit
- Windows 7 32 bit
Users running Windows 7 32 bit or Windows Vista 32 bit should ONLY use DX 9 settings until a future patch that addresses this specific issue is released. We are actively working to address the remaining issues tied to DX 11 for users running 32 bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Major fixes that this patch addresses are listed below.
- Performance / hitching issues have been greatly improved for running in DX 11.
- An issue with players running out of Video Memory or encountering a Rendering Thread Exceptions has been addressed. This was primarily affecting 32-bit Operating Systems.
- A progression block after defeating Ra�s Al Ghul has been fixed. This was an issue that occurred primarily on lower end computer setups and is described as Batman not readying his Reverse Batarang.
- A crash that occurred when scrolling between the Character Bios and Arkham City Stories has been fixed.
- A crash that occurred when selecting �Press Start� immediately when available at the Title Screen has been fixed. The issue was described as crashing/hard locking around the DLC (Downloadable Content) check.
Thank you all for your patience.
Trine 2 launch trailer
Gigabyte X79 UD7 review
Gigabyte as well launched several X79 motherboards like the G1.asassin, the UD3, UD5 and sure .. the UD7. That last one we'll be looking at today. A very complete motherboard I must say, with all kinds of gadgets and fresh looks.
You will see four PCI Express x16 slots, the rest of the expansion options available in the X79-UD7 include three PCIe x1 slots, four SATA 3Gbps ports, as well as a good six SATA 6Gbps ports. The rear I/O bracket shows a pair of USB 3.0 ports and 7.1-channel audio with digital S/PDIF out, but also a special OC button, a CMOS reset switch and much more.
Read the full article here.
Moon Rover will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra
A next step is the launching of a lunar rover, a small machine that would travel across the surface of our planet's satellite, reduced gravity and all. NVIDIA Tegra platform (Tegra 3) could show its assets, within a year or so (launch is in December, 2012).
Team Synergy Moon is collaborating with Martin Peniak, a scientist that worked on the Mars Rover Simulator (the one built in conjunction with the European Space Agency). Building on his experience with ESA, Martin chose NVIDIA's CUDA technology as a basis for its work.
His idea is to use more than one Tegra system to make a rover with autonomy of movement. The Tesla Lunar Rover and Tesla Surveyor are what the devices are called. The idea would be for an autonomous Lander, with several rovers packed in, to be launched from the orbiter to the moon.
Asus Micro-ATX Rampage IV Gene
Despite its small size, the Asus board includes pretty much all the features that one would expect from a top of the line ATX, or even much larger board, such as SLI/CrossFireX compatibility, a high-end VRM, Intel Gigabit LAN, SupremeFX III sound and out of the box DDR3-2400 support.
Furthermore, all the three PCI Express x16 slots included are PCIe 3.0 compliant, while the fourth black slot supports x4 speeds using the PCIe Gen 2 standard. The expansion possibilities of the Rampage IV Gene are completed by three SATA 3 Gbps connectors and by another four SATA 6 Gbps ports, two of the latter being driven by a third party ASMedia controller.
One more SATA 3Gbps port was routed to the back of the motherboard as an eSATA connector, where users will also find two USB 3.0 ports, the now usual ROG connect and CMOS Clear switches, a BIOS flashback button, and a series of gold-plated jacks for 8-cahnnel audio with S/PDIF out.
These are driven by a new Asus SupremeFX III audio solution that promises to deliver audiophile-grade sound thanks to a high-fidelity HD Audio CODEC which is paired with an active circuit to eliminate EMI noise. The Asus motherboard will become available early next year.