Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 Video
Creative announces quad core sound cards
The Sound Core3D handles the processing for Creative's new CrystalVoice feature, THX TruStudio Pro and all other kinds of audio processing beyond that. The glaring omission in the press release is that there's no single mention of X-Fi technology which suggests that Creative has moved on and decided to drop the X-Fi moniker for its new soundcards. EAX Advanced HD 5.0 is still part of the package though, so gamers need not to worry.
As for the new features, CrystalVoice adds acoustic echo cancellation, support for beam-forming which in this case is a kind of noise cancellation technology which requires additional microphones, general noise reduction, automatic loudness adjustment for the microphone and various voice effects and equalizer features. THX TruStudio Pro gets the Crystalizer treatment, a throwback to the X-Fi days, surround sound support, a smart volume feature, something called dialog plus which enhances the voices in games and movies and finally a bass enhancer.
As for the new sound cards, first up we have the Core3D PCI Express which is seemingly sharing its basic design with Creative's first PCI Express card, although the PCB looks extremely void of components for a sound card. We're not sure if the chunk of metal in the centre of the card has any kind of function, as there's a small Creative branded chip further down on the PCB which we suspect is the Sound Core3D rather than something hidder under the purported heatsink. As to the pin-headers, your guess is as good as ours as to what they're for.
Next up we have the shrouded Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional which comes with the beam-forming microphone and a nice piece of metal wrapped around the PCB with a small window in it. This brings us to the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion of which we have as yet to see a picture. This should be the same card as the Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but with an I/O drive that sports headset jacks, volume control and various other audio jacks.
The fourth and final product, the Recon3D USB which is quite different from the PCI Express cards, as although this is a USB audio device it packs connectivity for a headset, line in/out and an S/PDIF input. The S/PDIF input allows for Dolby Digital decoding for use with headphones for surround sound. On the right hand side you'll find a three step microphone booster and on the right hand side is a feature that might make the Recon3D USB popular, a switch that lets you select between PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
However, the features don't stop here, as the Recon3D USB can be upgraded with wireless connectivity and it can be connected to Creative's Tactic3D Omega headset and Creative will offer a bundle of the two later this year. The Recon3D USB is expected to hit retail in October for a price of US$129.99 (S$157).
As for the PCI Express cards, Creative didn't mention any actual launch date, although the press release stated that the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion won't be available until Q1 next year. As a side note, apparently both Gigabyte and MSI has singed up as OEM partners for the Sound Core3D, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of onboard audio solutions the two companies can come up with in the future.
ASUS ET2410 All-in-One PC with improved audio
ASUS releases the ET2410, a new 23.6" All-in-One PC that promises exceptional audio.
Designed to offer intuitive multimedia enjoyment to PC users, ASUS has released the 23.6
SDHC Memory Card with Wireless b/g/n
Toshiba today announced that it will launch the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality to meet the SD Memory Card Standard. The new card, "FlashAir", has an 8GB capacity and supports both peer-to-peer transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers. Samples will be available from November 2011 and sales will start in February 2012.
At a time when digital cameras have achieved immense popularity, users want a quick and easy way to share photographs with friends and to transfer them to and from online storage services and social networks. Toshiba provides the solution with FlashAir, the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality that is fully compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard.
FlashAir's embedded wireless communication function allows users to upload and download photographs to and from a server and to exchange photographs and other data with other devices, including digital cameras that are FlashAir compliant and, smartphones and PCs that support wireless LAN. All transfers are done wirelessly, without any need for a cable connection. Key features of the new card include the ability to receive as well as transmit and lower power consumption than other cards with similar functions.
Even in digital cameras not compliant with FlashAir, the new card can share digital images with smart phones and PCs that support wireless LAN.
Toshiba will secure certification of FlashAir for wireless communication in Japan, North America and Europe.
AMD Radeon HD 7000 to be used for Trinity APUs
It was not exactly a surprize anymore but the next generation Llano APUs will be called Trinity, the graphics engine inside that APU will be based on Radeon 7000 series technology.
A new leaked slide indicates that the 28nm graphics processing units (GPUs) from Advanced Micro Devices will be dubbed the Radeon HD 7000 line, though this was expected.
What the Globalfoundries slide says is that the GPUs that will be part of these chips are members of the same Radeon HD 7000 series, the same as the ones that will spawn add-in boards and discrete cards (for laptops).
What stands out is that VLIW-4 architecture is part of the list of assets, something that, currently, is only employed in the Radeon HD 6900 series. The slide goes into some detail, confirming roadmaps saying that Trinity will use next-generation Piledriver architecture cores.
Overall, there should be a GLlops performance boost of about 50% compared to the Llano units (the so-called mainstream APUs of today). This does not mean that real-world performance will be an extra half better, but there is no question that prospective customers can safely expect a major improvement.
Gigabyte introduces UD4 technology
Gigabyte is cranking that Ultra Durable technology of theirs a notch up to the fourth version of the Ultra Durable technology, which is based on the company's previous UD3 design, enhanced to address the problems of humidity, electrostatic discharge, high temperature, and power surge.
According to Gigabyte, the problem of humidity was resolved by using a new fiberglass PCB material, that provides better insulation and helps reduce the corrosion of the PCB contacts against moisture.
This new fiberglass material is paired together with integrated controllers (ICs) specially designed to be highly resistant to ESD (electrostatic discharge) as well as with an active surge protection system, which relies not just on fuses but on an IC to deliver added protection.
One of Gigabyte's very first motherboards based on the Ultra Durable 4 design is the GA-H61M-DS2, a micro-ATX socket LGA1155 solution based on the Intel H61 chipset.
This board features PCI Express Gen 3 slots, is ready for the upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, and includes the HybridEFI BIOS that lets you boot from volumes bigger than 2.2 TB in size.
NVIDIA warns about counterfeit GeForce GPUs
NVIDIA send out a warning to only buy graphics cards from authorized partners as the company has the discovered that substandard GeForce-branded products are being sold on the gray market:
"Reseller who do not purchase from authorized partners run the risk of putting substandard products in their customer's hands. That can only lead to higher returns rates and damaged relationships with consumers," said Fiona Faulkner, senior director for sales for GeForce EMEAI, reports MicroScope web-site.
Remarking of graphics processors and even central processing units is not something unusual and occurred for many times in the past. For example, it is not hard to remark a chip into a more expensive model that runs on a higher clock-speed and then sell it at a higher price. The same can be done with a fully-made graphics card. In many cases, such
WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship Trailer
The sequel to the popular WRC title is currently being developed by Milestone and will be published exclusively by Black Bean Games for PlayStation
Dead Island Release Trailer
OCZ announces RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution
Well, it's official. We already reported about this product back at Computex and hope to receive the first samples in two maybe three weeks.
OCZ Technology announced the release of the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution. Designed to dramatically accelerate applications and system responsiveness, the RevoDrive Hybrid's superior combination of SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technology is a revolutionary step forward for high-performance, economical storage.
The RevoDrive Hybrid integrates the benefits of both SSD and HDD technology into a single solution to offer both enhanced responsiveness and ample storage capacity. The drive comes bundled with Dataplex
MediaPortal 1.2.0 RC1
The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users. In reaching this goal MediaPortal:
- Promotes open source ideology, building on and supporting other open source projects
- Promotes the sharing of knowledge and collaboration using information sharing tools and practices
- Understands development is a team effort and treats users as co-developers, which has proven to be the most effective option for rapid development
- Applies the 'Law of Diminishing Return' so the majority of effort is invested in implementing features which have the most benefit and widest general usage by the community.
MediaPortal 1.2.0 RC RELEASED!
With the release of 1.2.0 RC we have almost reached the end of the 1.2.0 development cycle. After the release of 1.2.0 Beta, we entered a 'feature freeze'. This means that in 1.2.0 RC you will find mainly bug fixes.
Notable changes since 1.2.0 Beta
With more than 150 bug fixes since the release of 1.2.0 Beta, it would be too much to list all changes here. So the following list focuses on a few highlights which we have done since the release of 1.2.0 Beta.
KFA2 - Galaxy Stream HD review
The main idea with this product is to send the monitor signal wireless over WIFI in-between the two devices with support for FullHD aka 1080P resolutions. A daunting task, so it shall be, deep down in the dark caves of Mordor the molding and shaped what has become "StreamHD". A very simple to use wireless display solution that supports HDMI 1.3, 720P and 1080P, it has latency less then 1ms, comes with audio support for 7.1 channels PCM. DTS and Dolby Digital by utilizing the 5 GHz (802.11 a/n band .The solution even is HDCP 1.0 and 2.0 (Blu-Ray) compatible.
Check out the review right here.
Renesas USB 3.0 to SATA 6 Gb/s Bridge SoC
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of its new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) SATA3 bridge system-on-chip ([SoC], part number,
Scythe Ninja 3 Silent Version CPU Cooler
Scythe is announcing a special edition of Ninja 3 CPU Cooler. Silent Version of Ninja 3 CPU Cooler is modified with the aim to create a specially silent operating CPU Cooler. While normal Ninja 3 version comes with a PWM controlled fan operating in a range from 470 to 1.900 rpm, new Ninja 3 Silent Version is equipped with a Slip Stream 120 mm fan (SY1225SL12L) which is spinning constantly at a fan speed of 800 rpm. Hence allows the CPU Cooler to operate at the impressively low noise level of only 10,70 dBA.
Thanks to this modification overall weight of Ninja 3 Silent Version could be reduced to 1040 Gramm (37.04 oz.). Main heatsink has not been modified and is furthermore equipped with total of 8 high-quality copper heatpipes which are connected to the nickel-plated copper base-plate. Ninja 3 Silent Version covers all current, and previous CPU Sockets such as Intel socket LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 as well as AMD socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3, 940, including the new socket AM3+ and FM1. Scythe Flip Mount Super Backplate 2 (F.M.S.B.2) assures safe fit by using a backplate and screw mounting system which was introduced with the normal Version.
Silent Version of Ninja 3 (SCNJ-3000-SV) will be available on the market as of September 2nd 2011 for 37,90 EUR (MSRP, excl. VAT/Tax).
LG Roboking VR6180VMC robotic vacuum
LG will show off a cool new robotic vacuum cleaner at IFA 2011 called the Roboking VR680VMNC. It remains me more than a little of the Toshiba robot vacuum that I talked about a few days ago. The LG offering has three cameras and a host of sensors that help it to navigate your home and clean things up. The coolest thing is that the LG Roboking vacuum can be controlled remotely.
The vacuum connects to the WiFi network in the hoe and can then be controlled from just about anywhere using your smartphone. The cameras will stream live images to allow you to check on your home or pets while you are away. The vacuum is also very quiet so it won
Sharkoon Tarea mid-tower to arrive for 36.49EUR
That is dirt cheap, for a pretty okay looking chassis.
Sharkoon delivers another budget mid-tower case; the new Tarea should be available at retailers for around 36.49EUR.
Sharkoon is expanding their collection of PC cases: The Sharkoon Tarea comes with nine 5.25" bays and a straightforward, simple mesh front design as a follow-up to the successful Sharkoon Rebel9 Economy.
The ATX case, to include the interior, maintains a completely black lacquer finish. The front presents itself with nine different mesh faceplates, while mesh inserts in the rounded, vertical frame edges complete the design. The nine 5.25 inch bays and seven card slots offer more than enough room for hard drives, optical drives, function panels and expansion cards of your choice. Six built-in drives are externally accessible, while the three lower bays are located behind the removable front fan bracket. Sharkoon includes decoupled mounting brackets for hard drives and 3.5 inch drives, as well as mesh faceplates with 3.5 inch openings. Optical drives and hard drives are secured using the practical quick-locking mechanisms; the main board tray provides a CPU cooler mount opening and feedthrough for orderly cable installation. The ATX power supply is fitted on the bottom of the case. The top I/O panel provides audio jacks, two USB2.0 ports and an eSATA interface. Two rubber-protected feedthroughs are provided on the backside for water cooling hoses.
The Sharkoon Tarea comes without any preinstalled fans. For an individual cooling design tailored to particular requirements the case offers mounting options for a 120 mm fan in the front, two 120 mm fans on the side panel and a 80 or 120 mm fan in the rear. The case measures 475 x 200 x 440 (L x W x H), the empty weight is 6.2 kg. The internal dimensions support the installation of graphic cards and power supply?s up to 30 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16 cm in height.
End customers will find the Sharkoon Tarea available immediately for the suggested retail price of 36.49 euros in authorized retailers.
Razer Blackwidow Stealth Edition keyboard
Razer debuts the Blackwidow Stealth Edition, a new gaming keyboard series that focuses on silence.
Razer, the world
Windows 8 offers native ISO mounting support
Microsoft has a new post up on its Building Windows 8 blog:
ISO files are used by vendors to distribute software. Backup applications also store content in the ISO format and many utilities allow creation of an ISO file from existing CDROM or DVD media. Once created, these files can be sent around, downloaded, and stored just like any other file - however, before you can access the photos, video, applications, documents, or other content contained within the ISO file, you either have to "burn" the ISO file to a writable optical disc or download and install software that allows you to "mount" and access the ISO file contents directly (i.e. without burning). With Windows 8, we have eliminated this last step � you can simply access the contents of the ISO file without needing either needing to burn a new disc or needing to find/download/install additional software just to logically access the ISO.
So how does this work in Windows 8? It's quite simple - just "mount" the ISO file (you can select mount from the enhanced Explorer ribbon or double-click or right-click on the file), and a new drive letter appears, indicating that the contents are now readily accessible. Underneath the covers, Windows seamlessly creates a "virtual" CDROM or DVD drive for you on-the-fly so you can access your data. Let's walk through the flow that will enable you to access such an ISO file.
As you see in the figure below, we have three ISO files in a local folder. The one we will work with contains the (legally obtained) Office application suite. To mount the ISO, you can either double click the file or click Mount on the Actions tab.