EVE Online: Empyrean Age teaser
Rumblings of an impending war have slowly reached our ears from distant star systems. Now, hushed rumors have grown more frequent and alarming. The races are polarizing and the dawn of total war is upon us! EVE Online: Empyrean Age will be the personification of epic factional warfare. Whose side will you take when the Amarr, Minmatar, Gallente & Caldari face each other; striving to carve out more territory for themselves? EVE Online: Empyrean Age is due out soon.
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Power plants open to hacker attack
Security in Boston, Massachusetts, has discovered a serious
vulnerability in a software package called Suitelink that is widely
used to automate the operation of power stations, oil refineries and
production lines. This could allow attackers to crash Suitelink by
sending an outsize data packet to a certain port on the computer
running the program. Suitelink's maker, Wonderware, has since issued a
software patch to plug the security gap.
Core had only just begun examining this kind of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) program when it found the problem. This may mean that more vulnerabilities are still hidden in software of this type.
Samsung's 10 Optical Illusions in 2 Minutes Commercial
Honestly, I have no idea what Samsung's getting at with its freshest Soul promotional video, but it's certainly a fine piece of eye candy if nothing else. Samsung unveils their latest commercial -- to promote its Samsung Soul phone, titled "10 Optical Illusions in 2 Minutes".
Fortunately, there's no CG to be found, so continue reading to watch. Put simply, the video shows a maniac darting about demonstrating ten optical illusions in just over two minutes, and in case you couldn't guess, the Soul is saved for last. Should we have prefaced that bit with a spoiler warning?
VIA Pico-ITX board with World's Lowest Power x86 Processor
VIA announced the VIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board that features the seriously power efficient 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor, offering embedded developers an uncompromisingly compact, highly integrated board. Building on the success of the VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX board, the VIA EPIA PX5000EG adds the incredible heat and power efficiency of the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor with its maximum power draw of just one watt.
System designers of embedded automation and industrial control devices can now take advantage of a full x86 system that fits neatly into the most extreme space constrained, heat sensitive environments. Developed exclusively by VIA, the Pico-ITX form factor squeezes a full feature set into a mere 10cm x 7.2cm. A complete system in the palm of your hand, the VIA EPIA PX5000EG includes both LVDS/DVI and VGA support, integrated 5.1 channel audio, fast 100/10 Ethernet, both IDE and S-ATA drive support and up to six USB ports and a COM port.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional & Champion
The folks at Creative Technology announced the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound cards. Creative will equip the world's best professional PC gamers, who are now competing in the Championship Gaming Series (CGS), with the new PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, the official sound card of the CGS.
Same cards, but definitely a snazzy design.
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
Priced at S$219.00, the PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series features Dolby Digital encoding, for single-cable connection to home theater systems. The card leverages the power of the X-Fi processor optimized for PCI Express to deliver accelerated audio for improved game performance, with EAX 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series also improves voice chat clarity in online games.
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series
Priced at S$299.00, the new PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card includes all of the features of the PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, plus an internal I/O drive for quick front panel connection to headphones and headsets. This internal I/O drive design offers the choice of placement in either a 3.5" or 5.25" drive bay. The 3.5" drive features mic-in and headphone-out connections. This drive slides inside the 5.25" drive, which adds RCA line-in connections.
The novelties also feature:
- Creative X-Fi processor specifically designed for high-speed PCI Express slots in modern PCs.
- X-Fi Crystalizer technology.
- X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, to create virtual surround sound through speakers or headphones in games or music.
- Dolby Digital support for compelling 5.1 surround sound through a home theater system.
- Creative ALchemy to restore EAX and surround sound in DirectSound game titles running under Vista.
- Certified UAA compliance for maximum Windows Vista compatibility.
- X-RAM dedicated audio memory to boost performance in select games.
- THX Certified surround sound for cinematic movie audio playback.
- PowerDVD software with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital-EX decoding.
- 24-bit audio quality and 109db SNR audio clarity.
- ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load.
The PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card will be available in Singapore late in June for SG$219. The PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card will be available late in July 2008 for SG$299.
Creative ALchemy 1.10.01 download available
This download is an application for Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi and Sound Blaster Audigy series of audio devices. It restores 3D audio and EAX effects for certain DirectSound3D games in Microsoft Windows Vista. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.
* Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or Sound Blaster Audigy audio device listed above
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Fallout 3 has 500 different endings!
QJ.net heard that Fallout 3 will have 500 different endings. The Fallout 3 developers say the ending will be a dynamic cutscene based on specific desicions you make in the game. Good luck to completists out there who'll want to watch each one.
Here are the rest of the info for Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC) as revealed on Game Informer:
Some info about Fallout 3:
- They'll handle the ending as a dynamic cutscene that changes depending on specific decisions you make. Right now there are over 500 variations of the cutscene.
- You can talk to Dogmeat although he only barks and wags his tail. But they say you always tell if he agrees or disagrees with you.
- There are no guilds like in Oblivion. You just go around doing different quests for various groups.
- The world is entirely open from the start although certain areas can be difficult at the start.
- There will be licensed music from the 40's and 50's. Songs and artists include Ink Spots"I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire", Bob Crosby's "Way Back Home", and Roy Brown's "Butcher Pete".
- There are no vehicles.
- The game has gotten bigger since the initial announcement. They've had to remove some features but they say they weren't anything they'd officially announced.
Mtron Makes Pro 7500 the fastest SSD around
Agreed, I already had a soft spot for MTROns Solid State Disk products, yet they are upping it yet another notch by releasing the Pro 7500 series of SSDs, which they say are the fastest around. That's really only half-true -- while the 120MB/s write speed is definitely the fastest we've seen, the 130MB/s read speed is the same those Greenhouse's DH-SSDGD drives we just saw a couple days ago. Still, that's mighty fast -- too bad these are probably going to be priced into the stratosphere like Mtron's other SSDs.
The SSDs in the line are available in 32GB to 128GB capacities and are available in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch sizes. Mtron says the drives are aimed at industrial use and will be available in June. Mtron says that the fast SSDs also need 60% less power than a conventional HDD. There is no word on pricing for the line at this time.
Radeon HD 4800 series details
As you guys know AMD is working hard on their ATI Radeon HD 4800 series cards will see a segmented launch over the late spring and summer. The products will see a number of significant improvements to the company's feature set. Besides expanding the amount of pixel and geometry effects each card can handle at once, the update is now said to build AMD's GPGPU physics processing into mainstream cards, letting supporting games and professional apps offload some of their work to the video card when not in use.
All cards will also have an improved video decoder that reduces the overhead on the main processor for High-Def video playback, as well as the ability to route 7.1-channel sound from the system through versions of the Radeons with HDMI output.
ATI is expected to replace much of its video card lineup and will start with the Radeon HD 4850 somewhere in June, a mid-range card that primarily represents a clock speed boost over the 3850; the board is cool enough to only need the space of a single slot for a fan. Most cards will reportedly be priced between $189 and $219 with 512MB of memory, though AMD is believed to be developing a less expensive 256MB version for large-scale computer builders.
Two more cards will appear in July that tackle the enthusiast and very high-end gamer audiences, according to the purportedly leaked details. The 4870 is touted as being twice as fast as the existing 3870 X2 despite having just one video processor to the older card's two; this is due in part to much better memory bandwidth than even faster NVIDIA cards. It would sell for between $249 and $279 in a 512MB version and will be accompanied by the 4870 X2, which doubles the number of processors and the theoretical performance to match. Pricing for this card hasn't been slipped by the alleged sources behind the launch information.
The releases are believed to help AMD regain its edge in video performance but seems to arive after the launch of the GeForce 9900, which will hold ground as NVIDIA's new single-chip flagship chipset.
Samsung Blue Phase LCD panel for High-Speed Video
Samsung has developed the world
GeForce 9900 GTX photo's & info leak onto the web
A lot of rumors have been floating on the web for a while now regarding NVIDIA's upcoming GT200 based graphics card(s). Apparently this new card series is close to being released as info and pictures have begun to surface. Among them the cooler design and conceptual art of the PCB.
PC Online claims to have obtained pictures of a cooling device that according to them belongs to the next generation graphics card from NVIDIA. At first glimpse the cooling unit looks very close to the one used on GeForce 8800 GTS, 512MB.
Specification wise it is rumored that the GT200 aka GeForce 9800 GTX has no less than 240 shader processors, 32 raster units, 1 GB of GDDR3, and surprisingly a 512-bit memory interface. This totals up to a completely new architecture for sure.
Thermal design of the cooler also points towards a 240-watt graphics card. This new graphics cards silicon has a rumored 1.5 billion transistors, though earlier reports suggested 1 billion. Anyway here are some pictures we gathered from several sources on the web ...
To be continued soon.
CPU scaling in games with dual and quad core processors
CPU scaling in games with dual and quad core processors
Guru3D takes 10 modern dual & quad core processors and then fires off a dozen of games at them in combo with a high-end graphics card. Then they observe the raw differences in performance with the more modern games. They show & scale 8 AMD & Intel Quad-core processors and 2 dual-core processors in gaming resolutions from 1024x760 up-to 2560x1600.
Processors used in this article:
- AMD Athlon X2 4850E
- AMD Phenom X3 8750
- AMD Phenom X4 9450
- AMD Phenom X4 9850
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
- Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 Extreme
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6850
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
- Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770
The idea behind the article is to show you which processors offer the most bang for buck, and the ones who offer the best performance. You want to find out the core truth here ? Definitely check out this article then.
AUO Ultra Slim 42" LCD TV is less than 10mm thick
With advanced thermal and optical technologies, AUO has successfully developed ultra-slim 42
HWMonitor 1.09 available for download
[QUOTE]HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. [/QUOTE]
Companies Just Say NO" to Vista
Xbox and hookers on dads credit card
User Marduk in our forums spotted this one, pretty hilarious to be honest. A 13-year-old boy from Texas who stole his father's credit card and hired two prostitutes has been convicted of fraud.
Newark teenager Ralph Hardy confessed to ordering an extra credit card from his dad's existing credit card company and taking his pals on a US$30,000 spending spree, which culminated in them playing "Halo" on an Xbox with the hookers in a Texas motel. The $1000-a-night prostitutes were released without charge but Ralph was given a three year community order upon his conviction on May 9, money.co.uk reported.
The prostitutes told police they grew suspicious when the kids said they'd rather play Xbox than play with them.
Authorities were alerted to the motel by a delivery clerk who, after delivering supplies of Dr Pepper, Oreos and Fritos, was asked by the kids where they could hire some escorts. They young lotharios explained they'd just won big at a "World of Warcraft" tournament and wanted to relax.
The delivery clerk called the police who arrived to find $3,000 in cash, electronic gadgets, an Xbox console and games, plus the two prostitutes. Ralph reportedly told the oficers his dad wouldn't mind, because he'd turned 13 the previous week and he'd forgot to get him a present.
Ralph and Co. told the working girls they were people of restricted growth working with a traveling circus. They added that State law did not allow discrimination against the disabled so they had no right to refuse them.
Explaining why he ordered two escorts, Ralph said he thought it was the done thing when you win a "World of Warcraft" contest.
The prostitutes ended up playing "Halo" with the kids instead of having sex with them.
JVC merges with Kenwood
The new entity, to be called JVC Kenwood Holdings, will aim to quadruple operating profit in three years, the two companies said in a statement. The joint holding company will be created Oct. 1.
The move is the latest stage of a long-running combination plan that underscores the pressure for consolidation as competition intensifies among Japan's crowded field of small to mid-size consumer device makers.
An onslaught of South Korean and Chinese rivals have driven prices lower, and the high investment costs for digital appliances have squeezed profits, JVC and Kenwood said.
Victor, best known for its JVC brand of home electronics goods, and Kenwood, famous for its car audio systems, set share swap terms for the deal to which they agreed in principle last summer.
Under terms of the deal, Victor holders will have the right to two shares in the new holding structure for each Victor share owned, while Kenwood investors will qualify for one share in the new company for each Kenwood share owned.
New Far Cry 2 trailer
Ubisoft has released a new Far Cry 2 trailer, showcasing this first person shooter sequel in the works at Ubisoft's Montreal studio. Developed for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Far Cry 2 is scheduled to ship this Fall. Here are the new scenes from Far Cry 2: