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USB 3.0 specification to be unveiled this month
CNET notes the USB 3.0 specification will be unveiled on November 17:
On November 17 the SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) Developers Conference, hosted by the USB Implementers Forum in San Jose, Calif., will unveil the USB 3.0 specification to the industry, according to a statement Wednesday from the Implementers Forum.
The USB 3.0 specification, a next-generation high-speed connection standard due in 2009, is significant because all future PCs and devices will use connectors based on it. The spec is also expected to offer 10 times the speed of USB 2.0--used in virtually all PCs introduced in the last few years--or roughly 5 gigabits per second.
We have some more details in this news-item here.
Call of Duty World at War VGA performance test
Hours for the actual release, Activision will bring us the fifth part in the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty 5: World at War. We'll do our usual thing for these titles, have a quick chat about the title, look at image quality a couple of screenshots, and then we'll test it with sixteen graphics cards from both ATI and NVIDIA.
The performance should not really be an issue for any modern graphics card as we have shown you today. Mainly the reason behind this is of course that the COD4 graphics engine was used. Surely it has a coupe of tweaks here and there to improve the look and feel of the game. The reality remains though that the title still looks fantastic. The creators managed to give the game that important look and feel, so if you are into the genre, you'll absolutely love this title.
Have a peek at our 16 part VGA performance check, click here to read the article.
Inno3D doing a Graphics Plus package bundle
Inno3D is releasing a new software bundle with some of their products. It's a relatively small company and as such is harder for them to do these deals. They offer really nice products as you know, you probably read many of our Inno3D iChill reviews.
Inno3D will bundle Warmonger (free download anyway ?), Far Cry 2 and then top it off with a trial copy of Badaboom transcoding software as well. So this is the deal:
- All GeForce 9 series products and newer will receive the Badaboom & Warmonger bundle, which unless I'm mistaken I believe you can download straight from the web for free anyway.
- Interesting though, all GeForce GTX 260 and 280 buyers will get that bundle and a full copy of Far Cry 2 as well.
Granted the Warmonger titles sucks badly as you can download it for free and it surely would have been nice to see a full copy of Badaboom. But the inclusion FC2 with the GTXes is not bad.
Pioneer LX01BD HTIB Blu-Ray playerin Europe
Pioneer has formally introduced the LX01BD, a HTIB (Home Theater In a Box) with Blu-ray support in Europe market. Designed to complement its Kuro line of LCD and Plasma displays, the all-in-one package includes a 5.1 channel speakers in high gloss piano finish, remote control with LCD touch screen, BD player with profile 1.1 and a 400 watts audio and video processing unit.
The Blu-ray player features only BonusView capability, which means you can do PIP but it lacks BD-Live support to access additional web content. Videos can be outputted at 1080 24fps and the unit is capable of processing DTS-HD MA and Dobly TrueHD advanced HD audio codecs.
Engineered to offer excellent sound quality in a small package, the LX01BD combines a dual-drive subwoofer and omni-surround speakers in dodecahedron shape with Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration and Front Stage Surround Advance processing system to generate a 360-degree realistic surround sound effect.
HDMI connectivity includes two inputs and one output terminals with deep color support. It's priced at nearly $3,151
NVIDIA Q3 profits on the decline
COM-BAT makes a robotic surveillance wonder
Rambus files complaint against NVIDIA with ITC
The NVIDIA products in question include graphics processors as well as media and communications processors that use DDR (double data rate) memory controllers, including the GDDR3 memory it uses for newer graphics cards. Not only will NVIDIA's named standalone products be affected, but also system manufacturers who built their PCs with the parts already installed, including ASUS, BFG Technologies, Biostar Microtech, Diablotek, MSI, Palit Multimedia, Pine Technology and Sparkle Computer.
Rambus VP and general counsel Tom Lavelle went on the record to say the move is 'necessary' to protect shareholders and in fairness to paying licensees. The ITC is expected to rule on the necessity of an investigation within 30 days.
Mirror's Edge Launch Trailer
Gameplayer has gone live with the world's first review the game that looks to mix parkour inspired gameplay with a true first-person perspective. According to this review they've had mixed results, with the game receiving an 8/10.
Microsoft Windows 7 Released mid 2009
Microsoft's Windows 7 was looking good running on an ASUS laptop (with bamboo paneling) at WinHEC. The OS is set to ship in mid 2009, much earlier than expected. (Source: Ina Fried/CNET News)Windows 7 is set to drop mid-year 2009, says Microsoft
At Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), an important yearly event for the tech giant, new hardware details on the upcoming Windows 7 weren't the only revelation that Microsoft had in store. Perhaps the most significant development of the conference came as a minor clarification -- Microsoft set a solid timeframe for when it plans to release Windows 7, barring unforeseen problems.
Originally, speculation was that Microsoft might field a Windows Vista successor in 2011 or 2012 as there was over 5 years between the release of Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, with less than glowing reception of Vista, largely due to poor hardware partner support and a large footprint, Microsoft stepped up its efforts to launch its new Windows OS, which would set right the places where Vista went wrong.
Early this year, 2010 was what some Microsoft executives were saying to expect for a release date. However, as the year progressed, Microsoft's top executives became increasingly optimistic that the OS could be delivered in late 2009. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first floated the possibility of a 2009 release earlier this year. Microsoft director Doug Howe showed slides in a WinHEC presentation that all but confirmed a 2009 release -- and even earlier than expected. His slides stated that Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 mid-year, in time to be included on the machines to be sold during the holiday buying season. Mr. Howe stated, "Definitely the holiday focus is going to be on 7" [via dailytech].
PowerColor Radeon HD 4870 with Water Cooling Solution from EK
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces a brand new graphics card for overclockers
OCZ Solid Series SSDs introduced
OCZ has just announced their latest solid state offerings and they definitely feature high quality on a budget. The OCZ Solid Series SSDs are intended for use in current notebook models and while not recommended for pre-2007 laptops, they do sport a 2.5-inch sizing and use the SATA II interface.
Available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB models, if you
Samsung 23-inch LCD 2048 x 1152 resolution
You know, in every family their is this one kid that is a little strange ? That thesis you can apply to a new monitor from Samsung. Samsung presented its new 23" 2342BWX LCD display in South-Korea.
The panel features a 16:9 aspect ratio and the special thing about it is that is uses a 2048 x 1152 pixel (QWXGA) resolution, giving you enough screen estate to view two A4 pages and the Vista Sidebar on your display.
We think Samsung's intention here is to crush the needs for many to purchase 2 screens for a dual screen setup and by doing this, also saving both money and space for small and big corporations.
Price of this screen is expected to be around 230 Euros.
Creative Open-Source Their X-Fi Driver
The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card driver for Linux from Creative Labs was awful. That's simply the nicest way to put it. The driver was home to many bugs, initially only supported 64-bit Linux, and it was arriving extremely late. The open-source drivers supporting the Creative X-Fi drivers have also been at a stand still.
However, Creative Labs today has finally turned this situation around and they have open-sourced the code to this notorious driver. The source-code for the Creative X-Fi driver is now licensed under the GNU GPLv2.
Back in June of 2006, Creative Labs has shared they were working on X-Fi Linux support and expected to release the driver for it in the second quarter of 2007. While it was almost a year out at that time, Creative promised full ALSA support and OpenAL 1.1 support with EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions). In May of 2007, Creative Labs then admitted they duped Linux for Microsoft Vista. Rewriting their Windows drivers to support the Microsoft Vista operating system had taken more time and resources than expected, so they had postponed their Linux work as a result [via Phoronix].
WPA protocol cracked in 15 minutes says researcher
Yeah, guys this is pretty much why you should have a MAC based protection enabled in wireless routers. Not fool-proof either, but very save.
Security researchers claims they have refined an existing WPA crack, making it more efficient that earlier reports. Cryptographic expert Erik Tews will appear at PacSec security conference in Tokyo next week with his presentation, "Gone in 900 seconds: Some Crypto issues with WPA." There, Tews is expected to show off his discoveries in TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) cracking, that allow WPA to be broken in a brief 12-15 minute window.
TKIP itself is not really crackable, since it is a Per-Packet Key, but once it is initialized, the Pairwise Master Key (PMK) can be obtained. From there, the conventional method of breaking in involved a brute force dictionary attack, or a long process of elimination by trying millions of options.
Tews and his partner Martin Beck have discovered a "mathematical breakthrough" that allows the WPA encryption to be cracked dramatically faster. Some of the tools Tews and Beck used are rumored to have been already included in Aircrack-ng WEP/WPA PSK cracking tool. However, the encryption keys from PC to Router have not been cracked in this attack.
So that's the cyber equivalent of Gone in
60 seconds 15 minutes ... I guess.
Trailer: Call of Duty: World at War Launch
Fallout 3 Ships 4.7 Million
Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, announced that its hit title, Fallout 3 has enjoyed record sales at launch, reflecting the huge consumer demand for the game. Approximately 4.7 million units of Fallout 3 were shipped worldwide last week for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows representing retail sales in excess of $300 million.
Released on October 28 in North America at midnight store openings in over 2,000 retail outlets nationwide jammed with fans eager to get the game, Fallout 3 quickly became one of the industry's top sellers around the world. For example, in the United Kingdom where it was not released until Friday, October 31 the rapid sales of Fallout 3 have led the game to be ranked number one among all video games, as well as being the number one game on each of its three platforms.
Pakistan death penalty for cyber terrorism
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Causing death through "cyber terrorism" will be punishable by death in Pakistan, according to a decree issued by President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday.
The Prevention of Electronic Crimes law will be applicable to anyone who commits a crime detrimental to national security through the use of a computer or any other electronic device, the government said in the ordinance.
"Whoever commits the offence of cyber terrorism and causes death of any person shall be punishable with death or imprisonment for life," according to a copy of the ordinance, published by the state-run APP news agency.
The law will apply to Pakistanis and foreigners whether living in Pakistan or abroad.
The ordinance described cyber terrorism as accessing of a computer network or electronic system by someone who then "knowingly engages in or attempts to engage in a terroristic act".
The ordinance listed several definitions of a "terroristic act" including stealing or copying, or attempting to steal or copy, classified information necessary to manufacture any form of chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.
Nuclear-armed Pakistan is a front-line state in the U.S.-led campaign against militancy and security forces are fighting al Qaeda and Taliban militants, most of whom are based in the northwest, near the Afghan border.
The ordinance also set out punishments for other offences including illegal electronic entry into systems of any sensitive installations, electronic fraud, electronic forgery, system damage, unauthorised access to codes and misuse of encryption.
Punishments for those crimes ranged from three to 10 years in prison.
Intel Core i7 release date 17 November
It actually has been a much discussed topic ever since Core i7 and X58 product reviews surfaced earlier this week. however Intel initially would not disclose the "official" release date of Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Extreme.
Intel sort of lifted the embargo and we can now officially let you know that the new processors will be launched at 17 November. But if you look around in some web shops, you might notice that some of them are selling already.
- Core i7 920 at 284 USD (mainstream)
- Core i7 940 at 562 USD (performance)
- Core i7 965 Extreme at 999 USD (enthusiast)
Check out our Core i7 review for a more in-depth look.