Microsoft Store layout designs, concepts leaked
Layout designs of Microsoft's upcoming retail stores have been leaked in a PowerPoint Presentation. The presentation was drafted by Lippicott, a "design and brand strategy" consultant firm reportedly hired by Microsoft to help further the concept and design of the stores. The leak indicates Microsoft will be borrowing elements from other retailers such as the Apple Store and Sony Style. The stores will center around Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7, Xbox, PCTV, and Windows Mobile.
Frank Shaw and Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft employees, commented on the leaked presentation stating, "As a part of our process in briefing creative agencies, we shared some early prototypes and concepts of our retail store plans. No final decisions have been made."
Microsoft plans to target a customer demographic they call "Emily," who is described by Gizmodo as "a younger version of your mom."
The prototype designs indicate there will be a Digital Media Wall that wraps around the store, used to display video and images. The designs indicate the stores will provide a rival to Apple's Genius Bar with its own "Answers Bar" or "Guru Bar." The stores will additionally host large demos and events regarding Project Natal and the reported project Pink. The stores will also host birthday parties. Check out the thumbs.
Borderlands Gameplay Trailer
Looks like Borderlands, Gearbox Software's co-op RPS, has 87 bazillion guns! The stylish shooter-RPG hits PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Gearbox's post-apocalyptic shooter-RPG Borderlands (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) heads off to North American retailers on October 20. The international release will follow a few days later, with the game rolling into Europe and other territories on October 23.
A-Data Adds SX95 2.5 inch SSD with cache
A-DATA today expanded its XPG product line to include SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD, designed for PC users who is seeking for killer speed and stable SSD storage.
The XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD features new architecture and controller design, provide outstanding transfer rates up to 230MB/sec read and 180MB/sec write (256GB/128GB), thanks to the onboard DRAM cache buffer. Whereas, the lower-density SSDs with 64GB or 32GB perform up to 210MB/sec and 140MB/sec read/write speeds.
Taking the advantages of latest SSD technology development, the XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD is an alternative solutions on reliability, high performance, low power consumption and temperature storage, able to increase the productivity of the PC users. The XPG SX95 also provides built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) to ensure high reliability of data transfer to maintain the system integrity. The advanced wear-leveling technology also guarantees longer lifespan and preserves the data integrity, and 1 million hour MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) for long-term application. Another benefit of SX95 includes the latest function for firmware updates to maintain the best performance.
Equipped with a tough yet lightweight alloy housing and SATA II interface, the XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD is offered in capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.
MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr
MSI has introduced the N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G OC and N250GTS Twin Frozr 512MB OC graphics cards:
Both cards have a Twin Frozr thermal design combined with dual PWM fans and 3 highly efficient heatpipes to keep the temperature low and improve the cards' stability. Additionally, MSI's N250GTS Twin Frozr series features 128 stream processors, 256-bit GDDR3 high-speed memory, and Military Class components for the longest lifespan and stability. The powerful N250 Twin Frozr series provide a smooth DirectX 10 game play and a great gaming experience.
Twin Frozr thermal design
The MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr series have a Twin Frozr thermal design, featuring two intelligent PWM fans, which adjust their speed according to the GPU's loading and temperature. This design helps the card to run quietly and stay cool under normal conditions; while maintaining a low-noise operation when running 3D programs and games. The MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr series also comes with three heatpipes which efficiently dissipate heat.
Military Class Components
Toshiba Stainless Steel LCD HDTV for the kitchen
It's kinda cool, not just even for the kitchen. Toshiba announced a brand new LCD HDTV today called the 19LV612U, which is a part of their new Stainless Steel series, which is a new line meant to stand up to the tough conditions a kitchen environment can impose.
This new model measures in at 18.5-inches and sports a 720p resolution with a built-in DVD player. Also included is a TV tuner that supports ATSC, NTSC and QAM. Likewise, the DVD player supports numerous formats including MP3, WMA and DiVX.
Inputs include VGA and HDMI. Other specs are a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time, a 170-degree horizontal and 160-degree vertical viewing angle and 300cd/m2 brightness. You can get the 19LV612U starting in September for about $350.
European Windows 7 to include rival browsers
Microsoft hopes to settle the European Commission's antitrust case over unfair web browser bundling by promising to give users a choice of web browsers when Windows 7 ships in October. The proposal mimics the EC's solution and would provide a "ballot" that lets first-time users choose from one of multiple browsers, all of which would be pre-loaded in Windows. As before, users could also download other browsers and set them as the default.
Which browsers would be included weren't divulged, but Internet Explorer will be one of the options and major competitors like Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari are unofficially the most likely candidates.
Commission officials said the potential settlement was the result of discussions with Microsoft and that the negotiations also involved talk of improving interoperability between third-party apps and Windows in a separate case.
The proposal is an abrupt turnaround for Microsoft from its initial solution to accusations of abusing its monopoly to shut out rival web browsers. It had initially said it would leave out all browsers but was quickly shot down. European regulators claimed the idea didn't go far enough and would give those buying Windows detached from a PC little choice but to look for a physical copy or a more difficult way of downloading their choices of browsers.
In its news of the proposal, the EC didn't say whether it was content with the solution but said it would review the suggestion to see whether it will be effective.
Realtek HD Audio 2.29 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
GeForce ForceWare 190.40 Win 7 | Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose. The driver is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 32/64-bit.
Very little is known about this driver but it does support most GeForce graphics cards and also entail a new set of 3D Stereo drivers.
These drivers are to be considered beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Command & Conquer 4 Debut Trailer
On August 31, 1995 Westwood Studios released the first installment of Command & Conquer - Tiberian Dawn. Now, 14 years later it seems as if EA, current developer of the series, is bringing the Tiberium saga to an end with the release of Command & Conquer 4 in 2010.
Today, a first trailer was released:
RV870 Delayed to November
Well at least that's the rumor right now. AMDs 40nm fabrication based RV870 DX11 class flagship ASIC developped under familiyname Evergreen (proper codename is actually Cypress = R870) was to hit retail in October, but rumors are now surfacing that the launch will be delayed to November.
Much like the Radeon HD 4770 TSMC
NVIDIAs GT230 Debuts in December
Earlier this month NVIDIA announced the GeForce GT220/G210 OEM edition graphics cards which are entry-level segment judging by the specs (GT220 with 24 stream processors clocked at 1425MHz, while the graphics core operates at 600MHz) and (GT220 ships with 48 shader processors clocked at 1373MHz and 625MHz graphics core clock).
Information however learns that NVIDIA is now working on a product called GT230 based on 40nm fabrocation technology. The ASIC name indicates a mainstream product, GT230 is said to feature GDDR5/GDDR3 memory, and the number of stream processors is yet unknown..
Intel 32nm Clarkdale shopws good overclocking perf
It seems that Intel designed the sample in question to run at 3.07GHz with its two cores, four threads, 256KB of L2 cache per core, and 4MB of shared L3 cache.
Coolaler's reached an okay 4GHz with 0.832V of juice. Presumably, the processor's Turbo-Boost functionality could push individual cores even higher in certain applications, too.
The CPU is supposed to have the same LGA1156 package as upcoming 45nm Lynnfields, but the layout of the bottom capacitors looks consistent with the dual-chip design Intel showed a while back
Sony offers three new Blu-ray players
It can also hold DVDs and CDs, if you
iBuyPower Harmony Sound Reduction System
It works by lining the walls of the case with acoustic dampening material. This prevents sound from escaping and reduces case rattle and vibration. You can add the H-SRS tech to any iBUYPOWER system from now on for $49 or $89 with White Lightning LED-lit fans.
Seriously, what a rip-off.
Razer notebook gaming mouse and mousepad
Razer introduced two new products today, the Orochi notebook gaming mouse and the Kabuto gaming mousepad. The Razer Orochi is a 4000DPI 3G laser sensor mouse with Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. It has an ambidextrous design with a detachable three foot braided cord, 7 fully programmable buttons, and Razer Synapse onboard memory. It's powered by two AA batteries, which should resulst in a battery life of 1-3 months under normal usage. It will be available worldwide in late September for $79.99 (79.99EUR).
The Razer Orochi is the world
Canon 5D Mark II HD video footage
AMD Quietly Intros 95W Phenom II X4 945
Hah .. nobody hardly noticed this. AMD really quietly released another processor.
The name might sound familiar, but the TDP if this Phenom II X4 945 quad-core processor is much lower. The processor SKU code is "HDX945WFK4DGI" and this Phenom II X4 945 comes with a 95W TDP (peak wattage), the normal version is 125W.
The processor is of course based on the 45 nm Deneb core, in the AM3 package, the Phenom II X4 945 has an operating frequency of 3.00 GHz, 3.6 GT/s HyperTransport 3.0 system interface, 512 KB L2 cache per core, and a 6 MB shared L3 cache. It supports DDR2 and DDR3 memory standards.
This however is not a BE edition, and has the bus multiplier locked at a maximum of 15.0x. Andf yes, that will hinder overclocking. The suggested retail price is US $225.
AMD inserts two processors Athlon II X2 245 and 240
AMD inserted another two budget (less than $67) USD processors today, the Athlon II X2 245 and 240. These products are positioned below the AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor that was launched earlier last month, and continue to add great performance at a solid price with AMD