Samsung Galaxy Tab promo shows why you don't wan't an iPad
Samsung has rolled the marketing ball for the Galaxy Tab. It has put up a 2 minute promo video which shows what the device can do, all with lots of happy faces and horribly satisfied customers..
The video shows other features, all titled under the "It's Go Time" slogan.
- Widgets (probably the highlight feature of Android so far)
- Google maps navigation
- Music & Videos portal
- 4 e-books apps (very cool)
- 32GB SD memory slot (yes! finally a freedom from storage tyranny)
- Stream to any monitor (yet another neat capability)
- 7 Hours battery life
- Front webcam for video chat
- Adobe Flash support for games and apps (well, surely that you won't have on the iPad).
Civilization V out and Demo Released
I know what i am doing over the weekend ! Sid Meier's Civilization V is now available in stores and also unlocked and available for people who pre-ordered via Steam. The latest in the turn-based strategy series from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games also comes with a playable demo on Steam as well. There's no word yet if there will be a stand alone demo for the game.
For the graphics freaks among us (um yea all of you) the title has a full DX11 codepath for some interesting eye-candy.
Civilization V takes this definitive strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagonal tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The brand new engine delivers a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer to the Civ world than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive, as armies dominate the landscape and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging them to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features debuting in Civilization V, an extensive suite of community, modding and multiplayer elements will also be available.
Sid Meier's Civilization V is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available today on the PC for $49.99. A playable demo is now available to download for free.
Additionally, the Sid Meier's Civilization V Digital Deluxe Edition is available at participating digital distribution sites for $59.99, and the Sid Meier's Civilization V Special Edition is available at select outlets for $99.99. For more information please visit www.civilization5.com [via ggmania].
NVIDIA CUDA gets x86 supported
Jen-Hsun Huang stated over at the GPU Technology Conference that CUDA (the general-purpose computing language for NVIDIA GPUs) will be ported directly to x86 chips. The approach developed with the Portland Group will let systems without NVIDIA cards handle the code. It will work best with multi-core processors and is seen as ideal for servers.
A timetable isn't yet available for when CUDA will be ready to make the switch or which platforms will have direct access to x86. Both Mac OS X and Windows have native CUDA support and may get the added support relatively soon.
The move is potentially a hedge against universal standards. Both Microsoft's DirectCompute and the more universal OpenCL don't require a graphics chipset to run. Concepts of general-purpose computing languages came about to help calculate physics and other advanced math in parallel rather than depend solely on a single stream of code.
If you don
Zotac Quadruple-display capable graphics card
ZOTAC just announced announce the world's first Quadruple-display capable ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP enables multi-monitor computing with up to four simultaneous displays from a single graphics card for enhanced productivity, gaming and multimedia.
The card is capable of driving up to four independent displays simultaneously with a combined resolution up to 6400x1200.Three DisplayPort connectors enable the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP to support resolutions up to 4800x1200 across three independent displays for true spanned triple-monitor computing. A dual-link DVI output enables connectivity to extreme high-definition displays with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP for connectivity to a single monitor at resolutions up to 2560x1600 for users without DisplayPort capable displays.
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP
- Engine clock: 710 MHz
- 336 Unified Shaders
- Shader clock: 1420 MHz
- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- 256-bit memory interface
- Memory clock: 3600 MHz
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands game bundle
- Dual-link DVI & 3 DisplayPort outputs
- PCI Express 2.0 interface (Compatible with 1.1)
- Microsoft DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute support
- OpenGL 4.0 compatible
- NVIDIA CUDA & PhysX ready
- NVIDIA SLI ready (2-way)
- NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
- ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle included
Though 2D might be fine, but 3D rendering at such resolutions with just the one card is a serious no-go performance wise ... let's just hope that at least SLI is properly supported with these custom resolutions. Also bare in mind thet the GTX 460 can go maximum 2-way SLI.
BenQ releases 3D gaming monitor
It is known that more and more monitors may step into the 3D world these days. Today, it
New Intel Core i3 and Core i5 dual-core chips K0 stepping
Intel has released a new K0 stepping for some of its older dual-core Core i3 and Core i5 processors, as TPU reported. The new stepping will apply a few tweaks and updates within the CPU architecture. Perhaps they OC better as well. These chips will be available on October 16.
|Core i3 530||SLBLR||SLBX7||2,93GHz|
|Core i3 540||SLBMQ||SLBTD||3,06GHz|
|Core i5 650||SLBLK||SLBTJ||3,2GHz|
Chrome 7 to be 60x faster
Somewhere somehow the speed of web browsers became a pissing contests didn't it ? Google promised that the upcoming Chrome 7 browser will be 60 times faster than Chrome 6!
Microsoft's bold claims are accurate but one has to remember the product is still in beta. Google on the other hand has a remarkable way of dishing out product updates with lightning speed. The web search giant is currently readying Chrome 7 which it claims will be 60 times faster than Chrome 6. 2D graphics performance and canvas acceleration is now available in trunk and canary builds of Chrome 7. "This system picks the best graphics API to use on each OS that Chromium supports: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS and Linux", wrote James Robinson, Software Engineer at Google - via neowin.
It won't be long now, before we read the ciontent before even loading the homepage ;)
AMD Bulldozer samples in Q4 2010
AMD's John Fruehe revealed to TechEye that Bulldozer will start sampling in the fourth quarter of this year.
John Fruehe, director of servers at AMD, said that his company is well placed to compete with Intel in the server and workstation market and is readying a number of initiatives that wll give the big chip company a run for its money.
Fruehe, said that AMD would start to sample Bulldozer cores in the fourth quarter of this year, and would continue to use the same sockets and the same power envelopes to make it easier for companies to migrate to the newer platforms.
Although Fruehe was reluctant to discuss customer wins, he said the fact that IBM, HP and Dell used AMD microprocessors meant there was clear competition in the server marketplace.
The word on the Jesuitical AMD street is that Fusion will knock the lights out of Intel's Sandy Bridge and that is endorsed by quite a few of its partners. AMD partners are often if not always Intel partners of course.
Intel's Mooly Eden told TechEye the same day that its Sandy Bridge processors will be branded as the i3, the i5 and the i7 - Eden describes these as good, better and best, although the world knows they really represent cheap, more expensive and very expensive. Expect to be just as confused when Sandy Bridge machines come out as you are now. Likewise, AMD will roll its Fusion processors into its overall "Vision" brand. Both chip companies seem to agree that us poor little consumers will be confused if we know what the actual specs are for processors.
Intel's Eden thinks that if you're buying an i9 then you are clued up enough to know what it is you are buying, so they are obviously consumers that are thick as planks and clever consumers [via techeye].
Assassins Creed : Enter Rome trailer
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T - X4 970BE & Athlon X4 645 processor review
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T - X4 970BE & Athlon X4 645 processor review
We test three AMD processors today, the Phenom II X6 1075T, Phenom II X4 970BE and Athlon II X4 645 processors. They are part of the AMD Q4 processor product line update, arming their processor lineup with more value and higher performing CPUs:
- Phenom II X6 1075T
- Phenom II X4 970BE
- Athlon II X4 645
So that's what we will be dealing with today. We'll first browse through the processors and their respective architecture one by one after which we'll fire off the benchmark test suite at them so so how they perform value for money wise.
Check out the full Guru3D article right here.
ASUS launches Lucid Hydra based Crosshair IV Extreme
The new Crosshair IV Extreme from ASUS
ASUS TUF Sabertooth X58 review
ASUS TUF Sabertooth X58 review
We test and review the ASUS TUF Sabertooth X58 motherboard. Much to our surprise the motherboard is actually LESS high-end than say a Rampage III Extreme, it does however come with the latest features like USB 3.0, SATA6G and offers nice aesthetics based on a military theme. Another oddity is that the cooling on this motherboard is based on a ceramic design.
Yeah, it is simply a stunning pierce of hardware just to look at alright. This military class design motherboard comes with some nice extra features, offers great performance and overclocks quite well also. All that for a really interesting price.
You can read the entire Guru3D review right here.
Dell ships UltraSharp U3011 30-inch LCD
Final Fantasy XIV PC Peripherals
Final Fantasy XIV is coming to the PC on September 30th, and with a large title like a Final Fantasy title, it
HTC Sense UI for Windows Phone 7 leaks
Modern age mobvile phopnes have turned into small computers. Microsoft is soon rejoining the Mobile OS arena, and this video shows several app tiles on a Windows Phone 7 home screen.
The first is a 3D notes app that allows users to stick notes to the home screen. Some truly impressive 3D effects are shown to demonstrate the notes. The video also demonstrates a weather and stocks application, both with 3D animations. A second video also emerged today showing a HTC Hub interface on a previously unknown HTC Windows Phone 7 device.
Intel to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do
Forum member reddoguk spotted this post on engadget, here's the story:
Intel's asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their store-bought silicon. An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.
It's actually a full 1MB of L3 cache that's enabled plus HyperThreading support, which translates to a modest but noticeable upgrade.
This isn't exactly an unprecedented move, as chip companies routinely sell hardware-locked chips all the time in a process known as binning, but there they have a simpler excuse -- binned chips are typically sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their silicon turned out defective after printing. This new idea is more akin to video games that let you "download" extra weapons and features, when those features were on the disc all along. Still, it's an intriguing business model, and before you unleash your rage in comments, you should know that Intel's just testing it out on this low-end processor in a few select markets for now.
PhotoFast PowerDrive-LSI PCIe SSD reads data at up to 1.4GB/s
Blimey .. Engadget reports that CompactFlash stalwart PhotoFast has unveiled its all-new PowerDrive, a new PCI Express 2.0 SSD which claims can read your mind at 1.4GBps and write it at an even faster 1.5GBps.
That's the rough equivalent of reading two full CDs' content every second! Need we say more? The PowerDrive's speed puts the stinking fast Fusion-io ioXtreme to shame, humbles PhotoFast's own 1GBps G-Monster, and matches OCZ's otherworldly Z-Drive. The supported OS list includes a nice selection of Linux flavors as well, and sizes stretch from 240GB up to 960GB.
Pricing is not yet known, but we expect unaffordable :)
Aerocool Strike-X touchscreen fan controller
- Sleek X theme design with Innovative "Touch" LCD technology.
- Monitors and controls 5 sets of temperature and fan speed individually .
- LCD backlight on/off .
- Switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
- Overheating alarm temperature warning
- Fan working display
- "Lock"function provided to prevent careless miss-touch
- 2xUSB , Mic & Headphone (AC'97 / HD audio)
- Maximum power per fan channel allowed is 8 Watts(0.66A@12V)