Verbatim TuneBoard Keyboard
Verbatim is back in da house with a brand new TuneBoard Keyboard, and dude it comes with built-in speakers to get you started right out-of-the-box, although don't expect this to blow your mind away with the audio quality it produces.
Apart from integrated speakers, the TuneBoard Keyboard even comes with iTunes control keys, switchable backlighting and bass boost, alongside connectivity options to hook up a pair of headphones and microphone.
Do you think $70 for the Verbatime TuneBorard is worth the money?
Onkyo LA21TW-01S Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor
Ok let me just say that I am the biggest Onkyo fan when it comes to their high-end AV receivers. In fact I own their Onkyo TX-NR905 for my home coinema needs, and it was prolly one of the best purchases in my entire life.
As it seems though they are slowly expanding their product line. As such, Onkyo is now offering LCD monitors as well. And these are not exactly sexy looking.
Onkyo Japan is going to release its new 21.5-inch LA21TW-01S widescreen Full HD LCD monitor in the Land of the Rising Sun June 1st for
Is HTML5 Going To Change The OS Market?
Regardless of the underlying operating system, HTML5 promises the ability to run applications platform-independant. Already being confirmed to be supported by Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla it is more than likely that all major browsers are going to feature an updated interpreter for the new version of the web programming language.
HTML 5 is currently in the developing stage and more than likely to remain in it for a few more years. Despite that, "its focus on running applications within the browser is an important driver of interest in cloud computing, where applications live somewhere off on the Internet and are delivered by the browser.
The focus of future browsers will shift from "going places" to "doing things." This will be a boon to free operating systems, which will increasingly be able to hide themselves under the browser user interface. While Windows and Mac OSX won't go away overnight, the pressure on them will be to innovate beyond the browser, perhaps through a common set of extensions for HTML5 applications to use."
Tim Berners-Lee's New WWW of Linked Data
Tim Berners-Lee, who is considered the father of the World Wide Web, talked about the next version of the WWW as he envisions it, at this year's TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference at the Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California.
"For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together."
New Mafia 2 E3 Trailer
Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Mafia 2 would be delayed and promptly a new trailer hits the web. This video showcases new in-engine footage and is an early E3 2009 trailer. This really makes the waiting so much harder...
MS removes 3-application limit for Windows 7 Starter edition
Earlier on we reported that Microsoft would be enforcing a three-application limit on Windows 7 Starter edition. This particular limitation would hinder the user running more than three applications at once.
Microsoft seems to really want to do it right with Windows 7 and Via the Windows 7 Team Blog, Microsoft today has confirmed that the limit will not exist in the final version of the operating system:
There of course will also be Windows 7 Starter edition, but based on the feedback we
Intel to Eliminate Core i7 920 and 940
If you are looking out and plan an upgrade with Core i7 920 ... you might want to hurry up. It is now semi confirmed that Intel is going to axe the Core i7 920 and 940 quite soon.
Now the 940 will be replaced with the 950 and also a 975 will be launched next week to replace the 965(we'll review it). But IF the Core i7 920 is to go EOL .. there will be no 'affordable' 300 USD counterpart anymore to fill that gap UNTIL Core i5 is released late(r) this year.
So if you where in the market for a Core i7 920 .. now's a good time to pick one up. And hopefully we'll be proven wrong. I picked out dome good deals the 920. Here you go:
MSI N275GTX Lightning pixelated
Thoe bro's over at vrzone have a couple of photo's on the the upcoming N275GTX Lightning card from MSI and now here's the card and cooler in its full glory before Computex. The company came up with a newer cooler, with a slightly different PCB. While retaining the Twin Frozr heatsink.
The cooler MSI is using on the N275GTX Lightning has a bigger fan and higher density heatsink so the cooling performance is enhanced.
- Military Class Component (Hi-c CAP, Solid State Choke, Long life Solid CAP)
- 8+2 PWM phase
- Hardware APS with LED (can shutdown PWM phase during IDLE) - this is something new that N260GTX Lightning doesn't possess
- 1792MB GDDR3
- V-Check Points (measure GPU/memory voltage)
According to MSI, the yellow Solid State Chokes (SSC) is new on this card. As traditional choke has different parts inside (housing, coil, ferrite stick), it will generate high frequency noise under heavy load because of vibration. For SSC, it is made up of iron chunk with coil buried inside so there is no different parts thus it doesn't cause the buzzing noise anymore. Also, it can increase power density.
Info on availability, and price, are not known at this point in time.
MSI Wind Box DE200 nettop with ATI graphics
Closing in on ASUS
HDMI 1.4 specifications officially presented
The HDMI 1.4 specifications were released, the new specification adds several interesting new features but unfortunately they've made one big mess out of it by creating a total of five different cables. Here's the press release:
HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface
Sweeney: Realistic graphics 10-15 years away from us
Gamasutra had an interview with Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, one of the things they talked about is how long it will take for games to arrive that will look 100 percent realistic like a movie. We've come a long way in the last fifteen years since Doom was released, and Sweeney predicts it will probably take another 10-15 years until game developers are able to create games with graphics that can't be distinguished from reality.
There are two parts to the graphical problem. Number one, there are all those problems that are just a matter of brute force computing power: so completely realistic lighting with real-time radiosity, perfectly anti-aliased graphics, and movie-quality static scenes and motion.
We're only about a factor of a thousand off from achieving all that in real-time without sacrifices. So we'll certainly see that happen in our lifetimes; it's just a result of Moore's Law. Probably 10-15 years for that stuff, which isn't far at all. Which is scary -- we'll be able to saturate our visual systems with realistic graphics at that point.
But there's another problem in graphics that's not as easily solvable. It's anything that requires simulating human intelligence or behavior: animation, character movement, interaction with characters, and conversations with characters. They're really cheesy in games now...
Operation Flashpoint 2 E3 09: Trailer
Realtek HD Audio 2.25 Driver released
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.
Titan Fenrir CPU cooler review
The market is resourceful, plentiful and even a little saturated when it comes to CPU coolers. And you know what? That's just great as a matter of fact as that means you can get heatpipe coolers starting at 35 USD already, offering very decent performance combined with silent cooling. I mean that's what it's all about. Heatpipe based cooling was designed with silence in mind.
The Titan Fenrir is another mainstream heatpipe based CPU cooler and a pretty reasonable one too: 17dBA operation, 160W thermal load, universal socket support, PWM function, four 8mm heat pipes, and a 12cm fan. Oy not bad .. let's check it out to see where it stands in terms of price versus performance.
Check out the full review here.
Scythe working on Big Shuriken CPU Cooler
CPU cooling company Scythe has a new model Shuriken CPU cooler in the works. The all new design will measure 125
DFI LANParty UT P55 Board First Look
The chaps from vrzone have caught their paws on LANPARTY UT P55 board which is packed with several new interesting features.
Why is it interesting you ask ?well .. you can see that this motherboard has a complete digital PWM and there is a slot for NAND flash. Also, DFI will be using Flame Freezer for the chipst cooling department as well. On closer examination, there is a mini USB port on the IO backpanel.
So what is it doing there? DFI refused to say anything but gave us a clue that it is BIOS related and is a breakthrough for motherboard technologies.
This mystery will be unravelled at Computex Taipei 2009 where DFI will officially be announcing this board there.
So what do you think that feature is for? Head over to this thread to share your opinion.
Intel Core i7 950 and 975 Extreme Surface
Both the Core i7 950 and 975 Extremeare spotted at etailers. The Core i7 950 model is now up for preorder priced at $649. It is set at 3.06 GHz, with 8 MB shared L3 cache, 4 cores with HT, and 130 W TDP (full specs below). Interesting is the sales date according to the etailer is May 31st.
The Core i7 975 Extreme would be reelased a little later, ithe CPU will be clocked at 3.33 GHz, have 8 MB shared L3 cache, and cost over $1,000.
Intel Core i7 950 Specifications:
- Product Type: Desktop
- Product Line: Core i7
- Socket: LGA1366 Socket
- Clock Speed: 3.06 GHz
- QuickPath: 4.8 GT/s
- L3 Cache: 8 MB Shared
- L2 Cache: 4 x 256 KB
- L1 Cache: 4 x 64 KB
- Package Type: 1366-land Flip-Chip Land Grid Array (FC-LGA8)
- Threads: 8
- Manufacturing Process: 45 nm
- Thermal Design Power: 130W
- Thermal Specification: 67.9
Homebrewed CPU Is a Beautiful Mess of Wires
Intel's fabrication plants can churn out hundreds of thousands of processor chips a day. But what does it take to handcraft a single 8-bit CPU and a computer? Give or take 18 months, about $1,000 and 1,253 pieces of wire. Steve Chamberlin, a Belmont, California, videogame developer by day, set out on a quest to custom design and build his own 8-bit computer.
The homebrew CPU would be called Big Mess of Wires or BMOW. Despite its name, it is a painstakingly created work of art. The 8-bit CPU and computer will be on display doing an interactive chess demo at the fourth annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, this weekend, May 30-31. It will be one of 600 exhibits of do-it-yourself technology, hacks, mods and just plain strange hobby projects at the faire, which is expected to draw 80,000 attendees.