Microsoft Introduces New Search Engine Called Bing
Rumored for quite some time already, Microsoft presented its new search engine "Bing" today which replaced their existing offering, Live Search. Besides an improved indexing algorithm, Microsoft promises that Bing is a lot more user friendly and also integrates the shopping portal Ciao which they acquired last year for $486m.
You have several search categories to choose from when you visit Bing. Among others, some of them are: images, videos, shopping, news, etc.. A daily changing background image is supposed to make it more visually appealing. The first impression seems solid, but whether Microsoft can finally compete with Google remains to be seen.
Alan Wake E3 Footage
The Finnish company Remedy Entertainment, responsible for great games like the Max Payne series, presented five and a half minutes of impressive gameplay of the upcoming "psychological action thriller" Alan Wake which is scheduled for a release on PC and Xbox 360 in the spring of 2010. The game footage seems pretty good, considering the game was in development for a considerable amount of time already and more than once delayed already.
Assassin's Creed 2 Teaser Trailer Revealed
Scheduled for a winter 2009 release date on Xbox 360, PC and PS3, Ubisoft showcased a sneak peek trailer of their upcoming sequel Assassin's Creed 2 at the E3 Expo at the L.A. Convention Center. Although the character looks like Altair from the original Assassin's Creed, this time it seems you are playing in the role of Ezio Auditore di Firenze during the 15th century in Italy.
First Modern Warfare 2 In-game E3 Footpage
Without much ado, Jason West and Vince Zampella from Infinity Ward, presented Modern Warefare 2 at the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center. Besides that, they also announced that the Xbox 360 will receive two downloadable Modern Warfare 2 map packs on Xbox LIVE before any other platforms. The game is scheduled for a release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 10.
So, without boring you too much either, here are the roughly 7 minutes of Modern Warefare 2 footage:
ECS shows Micro ATX Black Series A785GM-M Motherboard
And they are shwing is at Computex of course. ECS is on the list for a visit tomorrow. Here's the press reelase already.
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) unveils a brand new Micro ATX Black Series motherboard, ECS A785GM-M, providing unbelievable performance, stunning visual experience, and great energy efficiency for users. Being one member of ECS Black Series motherboards, A785GM-M gives an excellent solution for digital home entertainment. Come to see this exciting product at TICC (Hall 4) Room#105 in Computex 2009.
A Small Board with Huge Power Inside
Leveraging the power of AMD 785G and SB710 chipsets, ECS A785GM-M supports the latest 45nm AMD Phenom
ATI Radeon E4690 graphics processor unit
AMD announced the ATI Radeon E4690 graphics processor unit (GPU) designed to enable a whole level of new reality for embedded graphics applications with more than triple1 the 3D graphics performance of prior AMD embedded products.
Arcade system manufacturers will appreciate the long term support and lower cost of placing the GPU chip directly on the motherboard instead of a separate add-in graphics card. This product will enable digital signage manufacturers to decode and play multiple high-definition videos in hardware, offloading all the decoding from the CPU2. Casino system manufacturers will be amazed by triple the graphics performance to help attract players while increasing overall entertainment value with incredibly realistic 3D graphics, plus two-monitor support3.
- The ATI Radeon E4690 GPU is packed with the latest graphics features, including support for Microsoft
Corsair launches Obsidian Series 800D chassis
Corsair today at Computex 2009 announced its entry into the PC chassis category with the launch of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D.
Flexible, roomy and sturdy, the Obsidian Series 800D full tower chassis was designed exclusively by Corsair and incorporates features demanded by the enthusiast market.
BFG Upgrades Phobos with new Intel Core i7 950 & 975
BFG announced today that the Phobos
Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 BE review
AMD is announcing two new dual-core processors today, one based on the Phenom II architecture... the other branded under the Athlon II series. As such let me reveal the names, AMD launches their AM3 socket 45nm process based Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 BE.
- Athlon II X2 250 at 3.0 GHz for 87 USD
- Phenom II X2 550 BE at 3.1 GHz for 102 USD
Have a peek at the two new AMD goblins which both deliver a surprising and compelling amount of performance for at the sub 100 USD level.
You can read that Guru3D article here.
NVIDIA talks DX compute compatibility Windows 7
Here over in Taiwan, NVIDIA gave a presentation in which they were definitely flexing their muscles. Windows 7 is going to get full GPU acceleration, in the core of Windows 7. This means CUDA will finally see a break through as within Vista many applications can be GPU accelerated or enhanced. We have a quick recap of the press conference right here.
Computex Day 0 - Before it begins
Today Guru3D lands at Taipei to check out this years Computex which will start tomorrow, the 2nd. The first part of Guru3D's Computex 2009 coverage. We check out the work in progress at the exhibition ground and visit an NVIDIA press conference
So this week you'll be able to read Computex reports coming from Taipei. We'll try and do this in a loose style as you are used to from us, similar to our CeBIT articles. We brought along some pretty dandy photo-kit and hope to bring you some nice photo's of the newest stuff shown at Computex 2009.
Today is day-0, as in one day before Computex starts. We typically have a peek at the exhibition grounds, pick up the press-badge etc etc. However, NVIDIA gave a press-conference which we just attended, we'll start off our reporting there, and then head onwards towards the exhibition grounds where, if allowed we'll sneak into the exhibition grounds and see stands being build, people practicing their presentations, booth-babes learning their dance routines and of course ..the usual stress and madness to get everything going.
Welcome to Taipei, welcome to Guru3D's Computex 2009 Report. Click at the URL below to read our first installment:
StarCraft 2 Scheduled For Late 2009 Release
"We're targeting an end of year release--this year--for StarCraft 2," said Morhaime of the PC strategy title. "But as always, we won't release it until it meets our standards and the expectations of our players."
This confirms earlier rumors that the first installment of the new StarCraft trilogy, Terrans: Wings of Liberty, will be out in time for this year's holiday season.
Viral Marketing Video Disguised As Hack Attack
Despite the idea being pretty old already, this video of a few hackers "taking over the lighting controls in an urban skyscraper in order to play the world
Microsoft Versus EU: Browser Wars - Part 2
The history of the EU's antitrust battles with Microsoft date back to March 24, 2004, when the "EU says Microsoft broke antitrust law by denying technical information to competitors and bundling its Media Player software with Windows" and forced them to pay a 497 million Euros fine. These legal battles ended for the time being on January 15, 2009, when the "EU sends preliminary charges to Microsoft, saying it believes the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows is illegal."
Apparently though, the European Union wants to change its previous course of action and diverge from punishing violators of EU laws with steep fines and move to a new round of sanctions:
"Rather than forcing Microsoft to strip its Internet Explorer from Windows, people close to the case say, the EU is now ready to try the opposite measure: Forcing a bunch of browsers into Windows, thus diluting Microsoft's advantage.
The sanctions would come from an EU investigation that began last year. In a sign of how rapidly the case is progressing, these people say, the possible penalty has emerged as a key focus in discussions between the parties.
The potential action would be a sharp parting blow by Europe's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, as she enters the waning months of a term marked by aggressive enforcement. This month, Mrs. Kroes hit semiconductor maker Intel Corp. with a record antitrust fine of $1.48 billion.
The EU hasn't made a final ruling on Microsoft, and likely won't for at least several weeks. An EU spokesman says any sanction against Microsoft "would be based on the fundamental principle of unbiased choice."
Google's Vision of a Holodeck
Yeah, I know. One might say I watched too much Star Trek when I was a little kid, but stuff like this just makes me really excited. During last week's Google I/O event, the popular search giant's annual developer conference in San Francisco, California, Google presented "a contraption it calls the "Holodeck," for event-goers to experience. Basically, it's a near-360 degree way to view Google Street View in fast motion, high definition video."
But have a look and judge for yourself:
JMicron About To Unveil New Improved Flash Controller For SSDs
As many of you might know, previous SSDs which incorporated JMicron's JMF602 flash controller experienced stuttering problems during random write operations, and their follow-up chip, the JMF602B, only partially fixed the issues, forcing companies "to combine two JMF602B chips and an internal RAID chip from JMicron to boost performance."
It seems that JMicron learned from those mistakes though and is going to unveil "a new NAND flash controller for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs) in the near future. The JMF612 chip uses an ARM9 core in a 289-ball TFBGA package, and will support the use of up to 256MB of DDR or DDR2 DRAM as an external cache.
The JMF612 chip is designed especially for a new generation of NAND flash chips built using smaller process geometries that will be entering the market soon. The new flash chips will be smaller, faster, and cheaper to manufacture. IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron, is already building 34nm NAND, while 32nm NAND from Samsung and Toshiba will soon be entering production. The use of a cheap single-chip controller and new higher density flash chips could cut prices in half by the vital Christmas shopping season.
The first terabyte SSDs on the market could end up using this controller chip. It uses eight memory channels to access its storage quickly and without lag."
JVC LT-42WX70 LCD TV monitor for high-end digital SLR camera users
Well, this is a weird yet new concept. JVC will release the Xiview LT-42WX70 which is a 42-inch class 120Hz 1080p LCD TV monitor that targets digital imaging professionals and enthusiasts using high-end digital SLR cameras, allowing them for the first time to see the subtle colors, details and textures of their images faithfully reproduced.
The JVC Xiview LT-42WX70 monitor features expanded color space capacity encompassing 100 percent of HDTV broadcasting
PSP Go leak confirms 16GB memory and Bluetooth
A leak Saturday morning on Sony's own PlayStation forums has confirmed major details of the PSP Go now expected to debut at E3. Spotted in a Qore episode slipped out early, the device is as rumored and switches to a slider design that renders it much more portable. It now also has 16GB of internal memory (plus a card slot) that gives it a much greater role as a media player and signals a shift to download-only PSP games; the PSP Go drops the UMD drive entirely.
Newly spotted in the video is built-in Bluetooth support that lets users voice chat in games or Skype with any Bluetooth headset. The company also says it will be possible to tether the PSP Go to a cellphone over Bluetooth, though what features would be allowed through the link aren't known; it implies support for taking calls from the phone through the PSP itself.
Supporting the latest rumors, a Sony spokesman in the video says the Go won't replace the existing PSP for at least its initial launch and will be an alternative for those who don't depend on a library of UMD-based games. A price and a ship date aren't given.
The escaped details all but confirm an aggressive about-face for Sony in the portable world, where it has regularly struggled against its obvious competitor the Nintendo DS but has been facing added heat from the iPod touch. Although the Apple and Sony devices have different interfaces and different primary focuses, the iPod touch has been increasingly marketed as a gaming device by Apple and has long had more advanced media playback.