Google Can't Sell Their Own Phones, Shuttering Web Store
Google decided to stop selling the device through their online portal and instead focus on the typical retailer channels.
"We launched Nexus One in January with two goals in mind: to introduce a beacon of innovation among Android handsets, and to make it quick and easy for people to buy an Android phone. We're very happy with the adoption of Android in general, and the innovation delivered through Nexus One. Already, a lot of the innovation that went into creating Nexus One has found its way into numerous Android handsets, like the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint and the Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC.
But, as with every innovation, some parts worked better than others. While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It's remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it's clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.
So today we're announcing the following changes:
More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we'll follow the same model we've adopted in Europe, where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels. We'll shift to a similar model globally.
From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally. "
NVIDIA prepping dual-GPU GF104 card
Rumors have surfaced that NVIDIA has cancelled its dual-GPU GF100 graphics card, instead the company will release a dual-GPU card based on the GF104. The card that some roadmaps new as D12U-50 is internally canceled due to its too high TDP. A Chinese roadmap claims that such a card should end up with whopping 375W TDP.
The new dual-chip card based on two GF104, second generation Fermi chips should be coming this year, most likely for back to school but we can only speculate on the launch date.
The GF104 will be first encountered in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460. This card should come out during the coming months and will have a power draw of 150W, about a quarter less than the GTX 465. The latter uses a GF102 chip and consumes 200W. As such, the so-called dual-GF100 D12U-50 is now canned and its place will be taken by the dual-GF104 D12U-15. It is unknown how long it will be before the device debuts. While it is clear it will be sometime this year, no sort of time frame is available.
Dell to release attractive priced IPS screens
The Dell U2211H and U2311H have a height-adjustable screen that can tilt and swivel, as well as the ability to pivot to landscape or portrait orientations. The panel itself uses the IPS (in-Plane Switching) technology, has a maximum resolution of Full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 Hz, 16.7 million colors and a response time of 8 ms. The products also feature a very wide viewing angle, of 178 degrees to be exact, both vertically and horizontally, as well as extensive I/O options, including VGA, DisplayPort, DVI-D with HDCP and USB 2.0 connectors.
It should be noted that both models are EPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR 5.0 and TCO 5.0 certified, which means that they will significantly reduce energy costs. Finally, the Dell UltraSharp U2211H and U2311H have screen sizes of 21.5 inches and 23 inches, respectively, and prices of 279 Euro and 299 Euro. They are already selling in Japan, the US and Asia Pacific, with availability in Europe slated for May 19.
GeForce GTX 470 2 and 3-way SLI review
GeForce GTX 470 2 and 3-way SLI review
We'll have a look at SLI scaling of the GeForce GTX 470. We look at single card performance, dual-card performance but also triple (3-way) SLI performance to see how well these puppies will scale.
The article will first cover SLI performance among the new GTX 470's in several configurations and games, and then we'll check a little one on one with 2-way Multi-GPU gaming in a multi-GPU slaughter-fest article in the ATI versus NVIDIA kind of way to see who and what scales the best. Over the next few pages we'll tell you a bit about multi-GPU gaming, the challenges, the requirements and of course a nice tasty benchmark session.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
First look: ASUS R5870 Matrix Platinum
First look: ASUS R5870 Matrix Platinum
ASUS submitted their all new ASUS R5870 Matrix Platinum for a review here at Guru3D. This series falls within their ROG (Republic of Gamers) edition and is catering a very enthusiast crowd. The card comes packed with cherry picked GPUs, 2 GB of gDDR5 memory and really extensive voltage regulation. You can control voltages of the GPU and memory. The acrd is overclocked at default to 900 Mhz, which actually is on the shy side considering what thus puppy can do.
The review will be online soon, but below you already can find some of the photo's on this product and suffice to say, we lifted it pretty easily over 1 GHz.
CoolIT ALC ECO review - Budget Liquid Cooling
CoolIT ALC ECO review
A short while ago CoolIT introduced their ALC ECO. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. They looks nice and performs adequately as well. It almost sounds too good to be true at 75 USD right ?
Well, CoolIT certainly will make an impression with the ECO as this article will show you. We'll even take a Core i5 750 towards 4200 Mhz to proof that point.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Patriot SandForce-Driven Inferno Series SSDs
Patriot Memory announced the immediate availability of the Inferno series to its family of solid-state-drives (SSDs). The Inferno series of SSD offer blazing fast transfer speeds, improved system responsiveness, quicker boot times, and shorter application loading times over traditional hard disk drive storage solutions.
Patriot's Inferno series, available in 100GB and 200GB capacities, is designed around the highly acclaimed SF-1200 processor series. Paired with specially screened MLC NAND Flash the Inferno drives deliver class leading performance with sequential read and write speeds of 285MB/s and 275MB/s respectively. SandForce DuraClass technology provides enhanced endurance and reliability by an average of 20x over traditional SSD controllers through innovative write technology and Wear Leveling.
"The Inferno series of SSDs are the fastest and most exciting that Patriot has yet brought to market," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "We have been pleased to work with SandForce to bring these enterprise level SSDs to the mainstream market at a fraction of the costs. We are very impressed with the performance numbers based on the SandForce SSD Processor. This solution fits well with our objective of offering the latest technology and best performance in our product lineup."
"Patriot is well known for delivering high-performance memory and solid state drive solutions to the enthusiast market. It was natural for SandForce to work closely with Patriot in developing a SSD solution which offers incredible performance and reliability," said Thad Omura, VP of Marketing at SandForce. "The SandForce SF-1222 SSD processor brings a level of performance sure to please the early adopters in the PC enthusiast crowd that Patriot caters to so well"
The Inferno family of SSDs are durable and reliable, with a unique aluminum housing to minimize typical wear and tear and with NAND memory at their core, there are no moving parts to fail, or be damaged from daily use in portable computing solutions. The Inferno family of SSDs provide incredible performance, reliability and a 5-year warranty. Each Inferno SSD ships with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter simplifying installation into desktop PCs.
Lian Li PC-B25S mid-tower case
Lian Li presents the PC-B25S, a new aluminium mid-tower case with room for three 5.25" devices, six 3.5" HDDs and eight PCI cards. Cooling is provided by two 120mm intake fans, a 120mm rear fan, and a 140mm top fan, while noise levels are brought down by foam-padded top, front and side panels. Lots of parts of the case are tool-free, and there's a I/O panel with USB 3.0 support. The maximum video card size is 255mm, so those Radeon HD 5970 cards won't fit. You can expect to find this case in retail stores by the end of May for around $289.
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. launches the PC-B25S mid tower chassis. The hair-line brushed all-aluminum, black chassis is based on the original PC-B25
Unlockable AMD Phenom II X4 960T not canceled
The report suggested that the AMD Phenom II X4 960T central processor was never going to reach retail availability. Such a development would have been particularly disheartening for enthusiasts, because the chip had a very unique trait. To be more exact, the quad-core has two disabled cores, which essentially means that it can turn into a Phenom II X6 CPU if the motherboard it is paired with has a technology that can unlock them.
The reason behind AMD's decision to supposedly not release the CPU is because said processor has too high a chance of impacting negatively on actual Phenom II X6 sales. However, it appears that the CPU may not have been canceled after all, sources weren't able to give any specific details on the time frame, but they were
More GeForce GTX 465 leaks
An Asian site showed some details and benchmark results of what seems to be the GeForce GTX 465. This card is reportedly based on a cut-down GeForce GTX 470/480 (GF100) GPU.
According to the driver control panel screenshots, though, Nvidia has disabled quite a few bits and pieces: there are only 352 stream processors, 1GB of RAM, and a 256-bit memory interface. Clock speeds look to be 607MHz for the GPU, 1,215MHz for the shaders, and an effective 3,206MHz for the GDDR5 memory.
eNet says its benchmarks show the GTX 465 is slightly quicker than the Radeon HD 5870 in Far Cry 2, "significantly slower" than the Radeon HD 5830 in Crysis Warhead, and in between the Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 in Unigine's Heaven benchmark. That doesn't sound like a bad effort if the card ends up launching at around $300 as those European listings suggested.
NVIDIA sales up 51 percent in Q1 2010
NVIDIA announced first quarter sales of $1 billion with a profit of $137.6 million, or 23 cents per share, compared to revenue of $664.2 million and a loss of $201.3 million, or 37 cents per share, in the same period the year before.
The GPU maker beat analysts expectations, but NVDA shares plunged to $14.03 (-3.62%) in after-hours trading because the forecast for the current quarter is lower than analysts had anticipated.
Analysts had expected the graphics chip company to report earnings of 21 cents a share, on revenue of $986.2 million, according to a consensus survey by Thomson Reuters.
For the current quarter, the company said it expects revenue to be seasonally down 3% to 5% sequentially. That translates to a revenue range of roughly $950 million to $970 million.
Analysts currently expect Nvidia to report revenue of $990.9 million, according to data from Thomson Reuters.
Take a look at this very interesting game concept developed by People can Fly with Epic Games Unreal Engine 3, called "BulletStorm", the premise is simple stranded on an abandoned paradise and... that's it ! the rest is: Time to break out the awesome. Well judging by the trailer, graphics appears to be good, game appears to be dull as hell, but, time will tell, maybe it's fun. Check out the home website here.
NVIDIA Hair and Island Tech Demos available
NVIDIA release two new technology demo's, showcased at the GeForce GTX 470 and 480 release.
The first one is Real-time Hair Rendering on the GPU. Simulating and rendering realistic hair with tens of thousands of strands is something that until recently was prohibitively expensive for real-time use.
The second demo is the Island Demo. This demo includes water with realistic and physically simulated waves.
Both demos (island and hair) are based on hardware tessellation. If you have a DX11 class NVIDIA graphics cards, go have a peek.
Portal is FREE until May 24
Do I have to remind you that Steam is giving it's Portal game totally FREE until May 24?, there are a few days left, If you have a steam account or if you don't have to, go there and sign in and download Portal now, this is your chance to have the complete game for free.
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Solid State Drive
Memory ODM Mushkin Enhanced announced today the release of a new solid state drive series, Callisto. The Callisto Series further underlines Mushkin Enhanced's commitment to the exciting and burgeoning solid state drive segment.
"The Callisto SSDs continue Mushkin Enhanced's tradition of high-performance, high-reliability flash storage products and we're very pleased with the performance and responsiveness this product provides. We're confident the Callisto will not only meet the expectations of the market, but exceed them." - Brian Flood, Mushkin Enhanced director of product development. Boasting read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to an impressive 275MB/s, the Callisto series is equipped with the industry-acclaimed Sandforce SF-1200 controller. The Callisto Solid State Drive is available immediately online at the Mushkin Enhanced website as well as our other online partners, and is backed by a 3-year warranty and an industry-leading support staff.
- MKNSSDCL60GB - 60GB Callisto SSD
- MKNSSDCL120GB - 120GB Callisto SSD
- MKNSSDCL240GB - 240GB Callisto SSD
Scythe Kaze Master Pro Series Fan Controllers
Scythe expands their Kaze Master Fan Controller Series by two new High-End models. New Kaze Master Pro models are available as a 5.25 inch and a 3.5 inch version. Compared to standard versions, new Kaze Master Pro 5.25 supports two additional fans as well as temperature channels. This allows users to control 6 fans in total in a voltage range of 3.7 to 12 Volts as well as to monitor 6 temperature sensors. Furthermore, it utilizes a new all black chassis giving it a unified high quality look.
You receive some feedback like fan RPM and temperature from the VF-Display (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) which allows users to monitor two channels at the same time. Build-in turn-switches allow users to change among 6 channels. Nevertheless, fan speed can be adjusted separately using the 6 rotary potentiometer in the front panel of Kaze Master Pro 5.25.
New Kaze Master Pro 3.5 is the smaller version for 3.5 inch bay allowing users to control up to 4 fans as well as to monitor 4 temperature sensors. Build-in VF-Display shows fan speed and temperature of one of the four channels at the same time. A small button on the left of the unit allows switching between the channels. Using the rotary potentiometer in the front panel, users can individually adjust the fan speed at anytime. Both Kaze Master Pro models are equipped with the alarm feature which will warn users when critical temperatures are reached or one of the fans fails during its duty.
Kaze Master Pro 5.25 (KM03-BK) is available for 29.25 EU (excl. VAT) or 45.00 USD (excl. TAX). Smaller model Kaze Master Pro 3.5 (KM03-BK-3.5) is available for 21.00 EU (excl. VAT) or 36.00 USD (excl. TAX).
Shipments of ASUS EeeKeyboard start
The Eee Keyboard is just what it sounds like
Phenom II X4 960T cancelled for retail/e-tail
Word on the web is that the unannounced AMD Phenom II X4 960T cancelled for retail/e-tail.
AMD has notified the press that its Phenom II X4 960T, which is known for its ability to unlock to a fully fledged six core processor , will not reach retail/on-line stores, however it will still be available as an OEM- only part.
The dream of having a six core 45nm thuban-based CPU for the same price as a quad core has been shattered by AMD, and honestly we can't blame them. This is mainly down to the bad publicity that AMD received when they released the X3 CPU's that had problems unlocking, even though AMD made it clear to all users that the unlock was at their own risk not AMD's. Can't really blame them for that, can we? If you happen to get a processor that can unlock cores, then you are one of the lucky ones.
Some consumers may be especially heartbroken at this news, considering the overclocking track record that distinguished the 960T a while back. Specifically, a sample was pushed to a clock speed of 4.2 GHz, which is significant for a chip whose base clock is of 3.0GHz. The other side-effect of this development is that the high-end motherboards that boasted of possessing a core-unlocking technology capable of enhancing this CPU will lose a major part of their charm.