Microsoft Morro antivirus software on the way
Microsoft announced that they will be discontinuing Windows Live OneCare and releasing their own antivirus software very soon. Given the codename,
AC Ryan Playon!HD Full HD Network Mediaplayer
Play.Store.Stream Full HD 1080P - With the Playon!HD, you are able to watch your favorite media content at Full HD 1080P on your TV. Media can be stored on its built-in Harddisk or on external drive(s). You can also stream HD media from any computer or network drive using its network connection. The Playon!HD also streams Internet Radio and media from any UPnP (Universal Plug-n-Play) source.
The Playon!HD starts its first shipment from 11 June 2009 via exclusive tie-ups. In Europe the product will start shipping July for 149 EUR (without HD), 199 EUR (with 500GB HDD) and 249EUR (with 1TB HDD).
No Internet Explorer in Windows 7 version for Europe
According to a recent memo Microsoft is planning on shipping a version of Windows 7 to Europe that will not include Internet Explorer. This is according to a confidential memo that was sent to PC makers.
European regulators had said in January that the inclusion of a browser in Windows--something Microsoft has done for more than a decade--was a likely violation of European antitrust law. Microsoft disclosed in an SEC filing earlier this year that it believed the EU might seek to force Microsoft to distribute rival browsers or take other action.
Microsoft's decision to offer Windows 7 in Europe without IE appears to be an effort to head off such action as well as to ensure that it can ship Windows 7 in Europe at the same time it does so elsewhere. It comes at an interesting time, though, as Microsoft faces its strongest browser competition in years, with Mozilla, Apple and Google all gaining ground.
GeForce GTX 295 single PCB review
What does the new revised model bring to the table you might ask? Well, the card really has been completely overhauled and changed, but for you as an end-user there will be very little new under the sun. So, we'll answer that and much more in our in-depth review.
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Gigabyte Nan-Ping Factory Tour - Creation of a motherboard
In this article we'll take you though the entire fabrication processes guided with dozens and dozens of photo's. If you have never seen this kind of article, it's easily one of the more impressive articles you'll read in a while. The Nan-Ping fabric employs over 1,200 people, the Nan-Ping facility has a capacity of making 250,000 motherboards per month. It can make 50,000 graphics cards a month and, on the server side of things, 5,000 parts.
We had an all-access pass and a photo-camera to shoot what you always wanted to see... the creation of a motherboard and graphics card.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
Swiftech Launches Apogee GTZ Ci7 CPU Water Block
Is liquid cooling something for you, heck why not .. all our systems use it. Apogee introduced a new version of its Apogee GTZ waterblock for Intel's Core i7 processors. The waterblock features a highly polished copper base, a 225 micro pin matrix and Delrin plastic housing. A bolt-through retention mechanism is bundled. The block itself is near-identical in specifications to the original Apogee GTZ.
Introducing the Apogee
Intel Atom Pineview Pixelized
Yesterday we talked about the new Intel Atom Pineview processor (N450). We spotted a photo of it. This chip will be used in the Pineview-M netbook platform in Q4 2009, it's clocked at 1.66GHz and features 512KB L2 cache.
The platform is bundled with the NM10 Express chipset and this dual-chip solution is roughly 2.8x smaller than the Diamondville-M platform's 3-chip solution. The new platform supports DDR2-667 memory and will use the Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics. The TDP has been dropped from 16W to 7W, while the average power consumption has been halved to 2W.
All MSI X58 motherboards now SLI compatible
Excellent news from MSI today. All of the company's X58 based motherboards now support NVIDIA's SLI technology. Users of the MSI X58M, X58 Pro-E and X58 Platinum motherboards can get a free BIOS upgrade to add this feature.
Global mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI, today announces that its entire line up of MSI X58 mainboards will support NVIDIA SLI technology. The entire series of mainboards now supports both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX, enabling the highest graphics performances. As a result of MSI
Nokia works on phone that draws power from radio waves
On the topic of interesting news we land at Nokia today. Their researchers are working on technology to harvest power from ambient electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phone antennas, TV masts, WiFi transmitters, and other sources. The goal is to create cell phones that never needs recharging via the conventional power cord.
Ambient electromagnetic radiation--emitted from Wi-Fi transmitters, cell-phone antennas, TV masts, and other sources--could be converted into enough electrical current to keep a battery topped up, says Markku Rouvala, a researcher from the Nokia Research Centre, in Cambridge, U.K.
Rouvala says that his group is working towards a prototype that could harvest up to 50 milliwatts of power--enough to slowly recharge a phone that is switched off. He says current prototypes can harvest 3 to 5 milliwatts.
ASUS shows LS and MS series displays
ASUS introduced their LS241H and MS series displays. Boasting impressive super slim profiles, ASUS LS and MS Series monitors are elegant design pieces that deliver captivating visuals.
Their full high definition resolution, ultra-quick 2ms response time* and astounding contrast ratio of 50000:1* capture rapt audience attention with true-to-life and brilliant images. These avant-garde art pieces bear testament to ASUS' strength in industrial design, each equipped with an innovative ring-inspired stand that incorporates the Ergo-Fit Technology for easy angle adjustment with just a finger. In addition, both the LS and MS Series adopt Green Power Technology that uses a two-lamp LCD panel to achieve greater power savings.
The LS Series comprises the LS241H while the MS Series comprises the MS246, MS236, MS227, MS226 and MS202. Designed for simplicity, the LS241H includes an intuitive knob for easy access to menu settings and function controls.
Court Says Pirate Bay Trial Judge Not Biased
On April 17th, the Pirate Bay trial found the four defendants, Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundstr
Intel Larrabee might be delayed to Summer 2011
You know, this again is a rumor and it surfaced at the premises of Tom's Hardware so we can't vouch for it. They speculate that the up and coming Intel Larrabee GPU would go to market summer 2011, and thus is delayed big-time. No apparent reason is given for this though.
Also we noticed that the Larrabee GPU would measure a whopping 971 square millimeters if the chip was to be produced at 45nm. To get you an idea, you guys know how big NVIDIA's GT200 series GPUs are right ? Well, this would make the chip about 65 percent bigger than NVIDIA's GT200 (GTX 260/275/285).
As such it might be the case that Larrabee is to be made on a 32nm process and that would shrink the chip's size to around 650mm
Get Everest Ultimate Edition V4.6 and a Free License
There's a promotion going on where there are free (legal) license keys handed out for Everest 4.60, which is just a fantastic hardware monitoring and benchmark tool. Though revision 4.60 not the newest version, it'll do just fine for all the basic stuff.
Check out the guru3d.com download mirror where you can download the binary. Also read the instruction there carefully on how you can get that free license key.
BFG single-PCB GeForce GTX 295 liquid cooled pixelized
In cool graphics card news today we have something to report as well. As you guys know there's a new model GeForce GTX 295 to be launched somewhere at the end of this month. This new revision will have one PCB, instead of two. As such BFG apparently is working on some snazzy liquid cooling for this product.
It makes sense that this will be a BFG H2OC series product. We snagged two photo's for you guys.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.
Intel Atom N450 on track for October
Intel is scheduled to phase out its Atom N270 CPU by launching its successor
Intel to debut six-core Nehalem this year
In the server segment there already is 6-core up and running under codename Dunnington, however it seems that Intel will release a six core consumer processor based on the Nehalem (Core i7) processor architecture later this year. This Socket LGA1366 processor would arrive in roughly the same timeframe as the Lynnfield (Core i5) and Intel P55 chipset based motherboard releases.
From what we heard, after a BIOS update all X58 motherboards currently available are going to support this new processor. Though the product is Nehalem based .. the word is not yet final if it'll be tagged under the Core i7 family name.
Good times, it is nice to finally see some activity on processor development again.
Guru3D Contest 3 Reminder
Hey Benelux folks !
Here's a gentle reminder that our Dragon contest (win a high-end AMD PC) is ending this friday ! If you reside in the Benelux then be sure to jump onto this competition. And if you win, you'll meet the Guru himself as I will be personally delivering this PC at your doorsteps !
Here is the prize:
- Motherboard: MSI 790FX GD70
- CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2 GHz
- Scythe Mugen II CPU cooler
- Gpu: MSI R4890-T2D1G (880 core / 999 mem).
- Memory: Patriot 4GB DDR3 memory
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 640Gb HD
- 850 Watt Corsair PSU
- Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Chassis
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit registered (installed)
WD Unveils 4 TB External Hard Drive
WD introduced its new 4 terabyte capacity My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems provide an ideal blend of high performance and power conservation. The new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at select retailers and the WD online store.
The new 4 TB My Book Studio Edition II external storage system's dual-drive RAID 0 configuration and high-speed interfaces deliver high performance for creative professionals, workgroups, small offices and anyone looking for fast data transfer. The system offers four interfaces: eSATA and FireWire 800 for maximum performance as well as FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for maximum flexibility. The eco-friendly system uses WD's hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology for power savings and cool and quiet operation.
- Massive 4 terabyte capacity;
- Extra-fast performance with four interfaces (FireWire 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0);
- Cool, eco-friendly operation with WD's drives with WD GreenPower Technology that consume approximately one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection cooling architecture and power-saving mode and designed without a fan to run quietly;
- Quad interface with connections for ultra-fast eSATA and FireWire 800 and for flexibility and convenience FireWire 400 and USB 2.0;
- Automatic and continuous backup software;
- User serviceability, enabling owner to open the enclosure and replace the drive inside;
- Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system; and,
- 5-year limited warranty.
MSRP for My Book Studio Edition II with 4 TB is $649.99 USD.