EA lays of 1000 employees
Game publisher Electronic Arts announced it will lay off 10 percent of its workforce, or 1,000 people, which is double the amount of lay offs the firm announced in October.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced it will lay off 10% of its work force in a restructuring plan that includes a consolidation of facilities operated by EA. The majority of the restructuring will be completed by March 31, 2009. This announcement is a four percent increase from the six percent work force reduction EA announced on October 30, 2008.
EA expects the restructuring plan will result in annual cost savings of approximately $120 million and will bear a restructuring charge of $55-65 million over the next several quarters.
The restructuring will result in the closure of at least nine studio and publishing locations. The Black Box Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia will be shut down and The Black Box development teams and associated game franchises will be moved to the nearby EA studio location in Burnaby, British Columbia [via dailytech].
Valve to fix Euro recalculation
If you were unaware, a recent update to the Valve Store allowed users to display pricing in a localized currency. However, something was lost in translation as 1 euro equaled $1 (USD). Due to the differences in exchange rates and the value of the USD compared to the value of the Euro, it means that Europeans are now paying exceptionally inflated prices for their Steam purchases. There's a rather large Steampowered thread detailing the issue far better than I ever could.
Valve stated that they are aware of the pricing issue with the new Euro currencies in use in the Valve Store: "Yes, we agree that some of the prices for third party products are higher then what you can find locally but we are working to fix that."
As noted though, Valve is aware of the issue and is working on a fix for it.
Top 10 Selling PC games Dec 13
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
- Spore / EA Maxis / $47
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $46
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $43
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $43
- The Sims 2 Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $17
- Bejewled Twist / PopCap / $17
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $34
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $18
55nm GeForce GTX 260 - 216s spotted
In Asia some 55nm GeForce GTX 260 versions have been spotted in the stores already. And it seems that this product refresh will happen silently. eVGA on the other hand is making a little fuzz about it. They are launching three 55nm parts based on that GTX 260 and core 216 version, namely the reference clocked, Super Clocked and Super Super Clocked cards.
What everybody would like to know is of course, will the smaller fabbed products show any performance gains ? Well, it doesn't look like there's much change whatsoever other then the die-shrink from 65nm towards 55nm. In Austria the product already popped up in some stores, : e-GeForce GTX 260 Core216 55nm Superclocked, Retail, 896MB lists at ditech.at for
NVIDIA ION platform
Posting a little late as it slipped through the mazes here. But NVIDIA is poised to energize the PC market by transforming Atom PCs into a premium experience found today in higher priced laptops and desktops. NVIDIA will supercharge the fastest-growing segments of the PC market
CyberPower high-end Video HD workstation PCs
CyberPower announced it is launching a new Power Video series of PCs that includes the XE, XT and XI models. Meant to appeal to students, editors and professionals who work with HD video, the PCs offer NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards and onboard RAM capacities of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB. Each PC in the series can then be further customized with a range of SATA II hard drives or hard drive arrays as well as Blu-ray disc burners. All include a FireWire port, USB ports, a multi-card reader and dual-layer DVD burners in order to read or distribute media files. CyberPower saw it fit to equip each workstation with a liquid CPU cooling system from Asetek as well.
The standard specification of the Power Video XE includes a quad-core 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad set into an NVIDIA 750i SLI mainboard, 4GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT graphics card with 512MB of memory, 500GB hard disk drive along with an integrated 5.1-channel sound card. A Wi-Fi card is also included, while the operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium.
The mid-range Power Video XT has the four-core, 2.83GHz Intel CPU set into the P45 mainboard that brings with it a FireWire port and support for 7.1-channel audio. Buyers will get 8GB of RAM along with an ATI Radeon HD 4850 video card with a dedicated 512MB of dedicated memory. The 1TB SATAII hard drive is preloaded with Vista Home Premium, and an LG Blu-ray burner is included, along with a Sony Blu-ray player.
The flagship of the Power Video series is the XI variant, which includes a 2.93GHz Core i7 with 12GB of RAM. Both are set on Intel's X58 mainboard with SLI/CrossFireX support. Video graphics are handled by ATI's Radeon HD 4870 card with 512MB of dedicated memory. For storage, there are two 1TB SATA II hard drives and a compact 2.5-inch 64GB solid state disk for faster local file access. Optical drives include an LG 6X Blu-ray disc burner and Sony 2X Blu-ray player. An Ethernet port and Wi-Fi PCI card serve as Internet connection options. The same Windows Vista Home Premium OS is included with the XI.
All three Power Video PCs are currently available, with the XE prices starting at $985, the XT at $1,675 and the top-rung XI priced from $2,719.
Severed Cables in Mediterranean Disrupt Internet
Internet and telephone communications between the Middle East and Europe were disrupted after three undersea cables connecting Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged.
The failures cut the flow of
EF-Bike Motorcycle Simulator
ATI Catalyst 8.12 Hotfix
AMD/ATI has released a small hotfix for their latest version of the Catalyst driver set, 8.12. This patch fixes the black screen issue affecting 4850 cards in CrossfireX mode only.
The issue does not occur if you have a single 4850 card. Here is the exact symptom this hotfix addresses:" After installing ATI Catalyst driver release 8.12 for two or more ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards in a system with ATI CrossFireX technology, the system restarts and halts on a black screen. The black screen occurs prior to the loading of the desktop for the Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit operating systems."
RIAA will no longer sue individual pirates
RIAA announced this week it will no longer take legal action against individual people who stole music over the Internet. Instead, RIAA will try a new approach that relies on the cooperation of ISPs to cut off pirates.
Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America said it plans to try an approach that relies on the cooperation of Internet-service providers. The trade group said it has hashed out preliminary agreements with major ISPs under which it will send an email to the provider when it finds a provider's customers making music available online for others to take.
Depending on the agreement, the ISP will either forward the note to customers, or alert customers that they appear to be uploading music illegally, and ask them to stop. If the customers continue the file-sharing, they will get one or two more emails, perhaps accompanied by slower service from the provider. Finally, the ISP may cut off their access altogether.
The RIAA said it has agreements in principle with some ISPs, but declined to say which ones. But ISPs, which are increasingly cutting content deals of their own with entertainment companies, may have more incentive to work with the music labels now than in previous years.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.11 Driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.11 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers.
1.Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
2.Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
3.HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4.OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
5.Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2.Add DisplayVersion registry key in INF files.
Download from Guru3D (XP/Vista package @ 24MB), click here.
Download Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Driver 2.18.0008
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP support for Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series of audio devices.
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows
EVGA X58 SLI motherboard review [Guru3D]
Today we'll test the fifth X58 motherboard in a row, this time from the folks at eVGA. They recently released their eVGA X58 SLI motherboard loaded with features. Tagged with a 299 USD sales price this motherboard seem to be very impressive. But since it's eVGA, they decided that this motherboard should be all about overclocking, and nothing else.
So hypothetically, if you were planning to purchase this product, pop in a Core i7 processor and leave things as they are .. well, you'd be wasting money really. In this article we'll show you why that is. We'll cover the motherboard from A to Z, and to spice it up a little I'll slap on some water-cooling and overclock our processor towards 4.2 GHz, stable.
You can read the review here.
OCZ launches DDR3-2000 CL 7-8-7 Blade series
CoolIT Systems Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling
Advanced Liquid Cooling to the Masses for $79, I already have this kit here in the lab. And it's pretty unreal what CoolIT brings for a 79 USD product. The sample arrived really late though and with several NDA reviews I haven't even had the time to open up the package. Soon we'llr eview it though.
CoolIT Systems announces Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC) that offers the technological advantages employed by high-end liquid cooling solutions of superior performance, quiet protection and years of maintenance-free operation that cannot be achieved by similarly priced heat sink/fan combinations. The unprecedented integrated status display and controls provide users with the ability to easily switch between multiple operation modes satisfying the need for quiet or the desire for overclocking performance.
Corsair launches new TX850W power supply
Corsair announced the launch of the Corsair TX850W power supply unit (PSU), the latest addition to the award-winning TX-series of high-quality PSUs.
The TX850W has been designed by Corsair and engineered to meet the demanding requirements of PC enthusiasts, creative professionals and gamers. The TX850W is built using Industrial Grade components to ensure clean and stable voltages, and has been qualified to operate at 100% load at an ambient temperature of 50
Canon issued service notice on 5D Mark II Black Dots issue
Last week, Canon USA technical adviser Chuck Westfall briefly addressed the 5D Mark II owners that having the Black Dots issues to stay put for an announcement. Today, it came though; a service bulletin has been posted on Canon Australia web site addressing the increasingly heated topics. Unfortunately, it doesn
Lian Li unveils top panel radiator kits
Lian Li introduced the new T-7024W and T-7022W Top Panel Radiator Kits for their PC-A70 / PC-A7010 cases.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched two top panel radiator kits called the T-7024W and T-7022W. Both are suitable for the PC-A70 / PC-A7010 chassis only. The kits include a copper radiator mounted into the underside of the top panel with open vents to allow the internal fans to exhaust the heat. The outer face of the panel has multimedia ports for ease of use. These combo panels are ideal for those with water cooling kits and who want to keep the kit low profile and internalized, while keeping the functionality of cooling your PC rig at a premium.
Multimedia Ports and Radiator specifications
The top panels have USB 2.0 x 4, IEEE 1394 x 1, E-SATA x 1, HD+AC97 Audio connectors on the outer face of the panel, while mounted below are copper radiators, with each model having a different size. The T-7024W has the larger radiator at 140x280mm with 2x 140mm (1500RPM) Ball Bearing Fans for cooling. The smaller T-7022W has a 120x240mm copper radiator with 2x 120mm (1500RPM) Ball Bearing fans for cooling. Both are made with the superior craftsmanship and attention to detail that Lian Li is renowned for. The kits do not include tubing nor a water pump assembly and are designed to be an add on feature to an already existing water cooling setup.
Radiators for water cooling
Both radiators of the T-7024W and T-7022W have pure copper internals with black anodized coating and will be the perfect addition to any water cooling setup you may have. The advantage of the integrated radiator keeps the size and look of the traditional PC-A70 / PC-A7010 chassis, while adding the hidden dimensions of a rad for your cooling needs and convenience.