Monday Internet Explorer 9 arrives
Microsoft IE Business and Marketing senior director Ryan Gavin revealed on the Windows Team Blog that Internet Explorer 9 will be released on Monday March 14th.
The new release offers a faster java script engine, hardware-acceleration for graphics and text, HTML5 support, a redesigned user interface, a Notification Bar, Jump Lists, a new address bar and several other new features.
I mentioned last month that we would be down in Austin, TX for SXSW. Since then there has been plenty of speculation and interest as to what might be happening. Exactly twelve months from the first Platform Preview of IE9, on Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us. We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.
Addonics External CipherChain encrypts eSATA devices
Addonics Technologies announced the External CipherChain, a full disk hardware encryption product that lets users encrypt just about any external data storage device with eSATA or SATA connection - from sensitive data on external RAID storage devices to external hard drives, Solid State Drives (SSDs), and many popular flash media.
Built on a FIPS certified AES 256-bit crypto engine, the External CipherChain is as easy as using a key to open a door. The simple insertion of the Cipher Key activates the encryption and decryption of data on the fly with no noticeable performance degradation. There is no software or driver to install and no special training required. The External CipherChain is operating system independent.
Any external storage device with eSATA or SATA connection can be attached to the External CipherChain, which in turn connects to any host via an eSATA port. The External CipherChain can also connect to USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports on any computer with an optional Addonics adapter.
The compact size and rugged metal housing of the External CipherChain makes it extremely portable and easy to deploy in environments where applications require bullet proof data security. The External CipherChain operates at very low power and can be powered directly by the system using various Addonics optional cables.
The External CipherChain's 256-bit encryption is considered the highest level of encryption, secure enough to protect classified information designated as "Top Secret". The full disk encryption encrypts the boot sector, partition table and all the information in the drive. If the encrypted external drive is stolen, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data.
The External CipherChain can also be used as a drive sanitization tool for removing any sensitive data stored on hard drives or flash media. The list price is $95.
Nvidias GTX 590 lands March 22nd
It looks like Expreview seem to have heard that Nvidia is all set to release the GTX 590 on March 22nd.
AMD just rolled out their dual-GPU HD 6990 monster, taking the performance edge from Nvidia albeit for a while. But it seems Nvidia is almost ready to announce to the world their counter-attack on AMD.
The GTX 590 is a dual graphics card based on the GF110 core, sporting 1024 CUDA cores and 3 GB of GDDR5 graphics memory.
Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906
Tthe successor to Logitech
Zalman introduces First V-Shape heatsink, CNPS11X Extreme
A new CPU Cooler lineup has just been released to bring up the Zalman to the next stage. Unlike its predecessors, CNPS11X Extreme comes with the unique V-shape heatsink from any other manufacturers. With an optimized thermal designed heatsink will be certainly outperforming than any other heatsink in the market. On top, with its stylish Black pearl plating with Blue LED will add more visuals for the Case modders.
In addition, by Zalman
Samsung HDDs reaches 1TB per platter; 4TB HDDs in vicinity
ASUS 6-in-1 wireless-N router WL-330N3G
The ASUS WL-330N3G offers all the benefits of a standard wireless router, with multi-role functionality and an extremely user-friendly setup. All of these features fit in a tiny device that is easy to carry, making the WL-330N3G ideal for travelers and business people who wish to extend their internet access when on the road.
The first thing to note about the WL-330N3G is its compact size
AMD Bulldozer slated for June, earlier than Llano
There where already some rumors about some shifts in release times, but as it stands now AMD's Bulldozer-based FX-series processors are expected to arrive in the second half of June while the A-series Llano-based APUs are slated for early June, according to a news report by X-bit Labs. Bulldozer is expected to outperform current Phenom II chips by 50 percent. Here's some more info about the launch schedule.
Shipments of AMD FX-series high-end desktop microprocessors will commence on the week of June 20th, 2011; Supplies of A-series APUs will begin on the week of July 4th, 2011, according to industrial sources. As expected, AMD's Bulldozer central processing units for desktops will become available earlier than Llano APUs. As a result, AMD will be able to create a "halo" effect for its microprocessor lineup with a high-end offering that is projected to outperform existing Phenom II chips by 50%.
Based on a document seen by X-bit labs, AMD plans to release four eight-core AMD FX8000-series chips, two six-core AMD FX6000-series microprocessors and two quad-core AMD FX4000-series central processing units (CPUs) this year; four chips are to be launched in Q2 2011, another four processors will be introduced in Q4 2011. The amount of quad-core and dual-core A-series APUs to be released this calendar year will be eleven, if the plans do not change.
SNAK Facebook keyboard
Oh dear, Engadget reports about the SNAK, a new Facebook keyboard from Social Keyboards. This new peripheral will be sold for $30.
Essentially a Multimedia Keyboard from Dynex with custom drivers and decals, this bad boy features nineteen Facebook-friendly hotkeys that take you to your inbox, events, photos, and more with the mere push of a button. And when you sign out? The hotkeys become disabled, so no one can maliciously (or hilariously) update your profile behind your back.
CryEngine 3 GDC 11: Exclusive Tech Showcase
Shadows of the Damned GDC Trailer
Crysis 2 Graphics: PC Vs. Xbox 360
Here's a side by side comparison of the Crysis 2 demo on both Xbox 360 and PC. PC gameplay was captured using fraps on the highest settings available for the demo. The Xbox 360 gameplay was captured using the Hauppage HD PVR.
AMD Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver
Here you can download the AMD Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver for Windows 7 and Vista both x32 x64.
Western Digital buys Hitachi GST with $4.3bn deal
A huge shift in the balance of storage powers is taking effect real soon as Western Digital announced a huge deal that will see the hard-drive company acquire arch rival Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for a freakish $4.3bn.
OCZ SSD sales increases revenue
Solid state disks are the sales driver and this product category is responsible for approximately $58 million of the company's $64 million in revenue. Sales of SSDs are up 380 percent year-over-year and 40 percent sequentially. Interestingly, consumer solid state disks represent just 7 percent of SSD sales, 78 percent are server disks and another 15 percent go to enterprises.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced it expects to report record revenue for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter of approximately $64 million, an increase of nearly 100% from the $32.4 million reported in last year's fourth quarter. For the year ended February 28, 2011, revenues are expected to be approximately $189 million compared to $144 million in fiscal 2010.
In addition to the record quarterly and full year revenue expectations, the Company's SSD products for fiscal fourth quarter are expected to be approximately $58 million compared to $12.1 million during the same period last year, and $41.5 million in the Company's third quarter ending November 30, 2010. This represents approximate increases of 380% year over year and 40% sequentially. The expected Q4 SSD product mix of approximately 7% Consumer, 78% Server, and 15% Enterprise is generally consistent with prior quarters.
"We are pleased to have achieved record annual revenue while transitioning away from our historic focus on DRAM products, which comprised 50% of the Company's revenue in its fiscal 2010 but less than 20% in fiscal 2011. This successful transition was due to an anticipated 200% increase in SSD sales from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011," said Ryan Petersen, Chief Executive Officer of OCZ. "Moreover, we continue to see positive indicators of increased SSD demand on a global basis."
Additional commentary pertaining to the Company's results and any guidance for fiscal 2012 will be issued when the Company reports its full fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 financial results, which is expected to be completed during April 2011.
The financial estimates set forth herein are unaudited and preliminary. They remain subject not only to management's final review, but also to audit by the Company's independent accounting firm.
Galaxy KFA2 preps NVIDIA card with six display outputs
Galaxy (KFA2 in Europe) is developing a new NVIDIA graphics card with support for six displays. It's not known which GPU this card will use, the PCB looks the same as the one the company used for its GeForce GTX 460 WHDI but it features a small daughterboard which is connected to another small card which in turn is attached to a mini PCI Express slot on the main PCB. Thanks to these extra components, the card offers dual-link DVI, a full-size DisplayPort and four mini-HDMI connectors.
One problem is that a custom solution like this isn't going to be cheap either and Galaxy's WHDI card is a very expensive solution, although this shouldn't be anywhere nearly as expensive as it doesn't have a transmitter or receiver. That said, there might be some potential niche markets for a card like this, especially as it uses four mini HDMI ports which makes it easy to connect to many different display types without any special cabling, not counting the fact that you need a mini HDMI to HDMI cable or adapter.
Radeon HD 6990 review
We review the Radeon HD 6990, the dual-GPU based graphics card that has been the topic of rumors and discussion for a long time.
AMD placed two Cayman XT GPUs (R6970) onto one PCB and allows them to be clocked at R6970 speeds as well, in fact you'll get options in clock-frequencies and TDP with the help of a small micro-switch seated on the card, each leads to a BIOS, one with more acceptable TDPs and the other enabled a higher clock frequency mode.
Cayman XT GPUs, that means the full shader processor count inside that GPU is available, that sums up towards 3072 shader processors. In short, this graphics card is a beast, hence we wrote 24 pages of content on it, read the full review right here.
Enermax Modu82+ II 625W PSU review
Today we'll have a look at one of Enermax's latest power supplies. It is the all new Modu82+II 625 Watt power supply that comes with an 80+ Bronze certification. New in the revised Modu82+ II (and Pro82+ II) series is that they support the new EU regulation ErP Lot 6 for PC systems. This norm regulates the standby consumption of systems, which affects PSU and mainboard. Oh and it's also n 625W PSU that can actually peak towards 690W, this is labeled mid-range by Enermax.
You can read the entire review right here.