Anno 1404 = Dawn of Discovery
Build and sustain your own expansive empire
- Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization
- Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing
- Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a prosperous society
- Unique art style and clever integration of the Wii Remote and DS stylus makes building your empire more fun and interactive than ever before
- All new scalable 3-D engine ensures unmatched visuals, optimized for all PC's - from high-end to low-end desktops
user interfacedelivers multiple gameplay modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
- Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms
- Build your civilization and make history along with a friend in the 2-player co-op mode for Wii
- Integration with Ubi.com allows PC players to track achievements, climb leaderboards and challenge others online
Accessible for everyone from beginners to pros
- Intelligent help system offers contextual hints for any situation
- In-game encyclopedia includes illustrated tutorial filled with tips and strategies for building your civilization
Windows 7 Shipping As Early As September 2009?
All of you, who are eagerly awaiting the release of Windows 7, might like the following statement, made by Ray Chen, president of Taipei-based Compal Electronics Inc., at an investor's conference today. Regarding the question when it is being shipped with PCs, he said: "According to current planning, it should be late September or early October." Compal builds laptops for Hewlett-Packard and Acer, among others.
This is interesting news, as Microsoft officially talks only about January 2010 as a release date for Windows 7, so far. This somewhat conservative date might be used as a cushion to soften any unexpected delays in its current development process, though. Therefore, recent news about Microsoft's announcement of only one public beta and one RC before the RTM version would support the statement Chen made today.
The current beta version of Windows 7 seems to be surprisingly stable and well performing already and received prevalently good reviews throughout the whole IT community during the last weeks and months.
ECS Intros Cutting-edge M.I.B. II Tweaking in Black Series Motherboards
If there's one thing that can be said about ECS, is that they really do listenen to comments made in reviews like we show you guys at Guru3D.com
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS introduces the latest cutting-edge M.I.B. II (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II) tweaking utility for new-born Black Series motherboards, providing solutions to meet the demands from the market without high price tag. Unleashing the full potential of hardware components that brings great benefits to users, ECS M.I.B. II incorporates plenty of detailed tweaking options especially in voltage control to enhance the overall system performance. In addition, gathering every tweaking option all in a single page is extremely convenient for users that spending precious time in searching merely a BIOS setting is never necessary. Just buy ECS
ASUS shows off with Marine Motherboard design
That is a pretty sick design really. Our colleagues from Tech PowerUp report that ASUS will intro a new motherboard concept, the Marine Cool series.
The Marine Cool series design goes far ahead from current Republic of Gamers (R.O.G.) mainboard products. For starters, the new motherboard has a new back plate that utilizes "micro-porous ceramic" technology and spreads across the whole PCB. The heat-pipe system that cools the motherboard's main components is also different, compared to current shipping products. Although the cooling technology remains the same, the whole look of the system reminds of a robot armour.
The weirdest thing is this though, ASUS engineers have decided to use SO-DIMM modules to cope with current Core 2 processors (if I'm right that appears to be LGA775 socket). I know it sounds a bit crazy, but pictures don't lie. Have a look and write what you think.
The ASUS Marine Cool prototype will first appear during this year's CeBIT 2009 in Hannover, Germany.
Download: Rivatuner 2.24 released
Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.24 RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters.
The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner's feature set absolutely unmatched. RivaTuner supports all NVIDIA display adapters starting from Riva TNT family up to the latest GeForce series and widest range of NVIDIA drivers starting from the oldest Detonator 2.08 up to the newest ForceWare drivers family. In addition to complete NVIDIA hardware support, RivaTuner also provides support for display adapters based upon newer ATI graphics processors. All RivaTuner's features besides driver-level tuning options are also available on supported ATI hardware.
Government Spying Via DTV Converters? No way.
LG 22-inch W2261VG LCD boasts 50k:1 contrast
Dubs W2261VG, the new LG boasts a Full HD resolution TN panel LCD with 1000:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/170 viewing angles rating.
But like most monitor displays with dynamic contrast feature, with a flip of switch, the 2ms rated panel is capable of extending its 1000:1 base contrast rating of up to 50k:1; and revealing more details in dark areas scenes.
For connectivity, it packs HDMI, VGA and a HDCP compliant DVI-D digital port. The spec sheet is suggesting the LG is better suited for gaming and multimedia uses. It
NVIDIA Ion 2 to support Core 2, ship Q4 2009?
If accurate, a new leak has NVIDIA releasing an updated version of its Ion platform with support for more than just netbook processors.
NVIDIA has acknowledged that it will launch a second-generation version that supports not only the Atom and VIA Nano but also regular Celeron, Pentium and Core 2 chips. The update would allow full-speed notebooks to use the smaller footprint.
The company sees Ion 2 shipping in the fall and partly positions the integrated graphics and system controller chip as an alternative to the upcoming Pineview generation of Atom processors, which will get integrated graphics and memory controllers. NVIDIA believes the new option "forces" netbook and nettop makers to use Intel's graphics despite relatively little improvement.
In defending Ion, the video hardware designer also refutes claims that Ion has "no advantages" over Intel graphics and higher power consumption, showing benchmarks which match the 10X graphics performance boost assertions and noting that a typical Atom-plus-Ion configuration only uses about a half-watt more of power versus the Intel reference version.
The first official customer for Ion is rumored to be Lenovo, with companies like Apple and veteran netbook producers also expressing interest.
Vista Activation Exploit detection begins today
Last year around this time, I blogged about some changes for Windows Vista that were released with SP1. These changes included an update for Windows Vista users which helps detect the presence of activation exploits, then alerts the customer (if affected) and provides some guidance and a Web link to learn more about what can be done to fix it. I'm excited to announce that beginning this week, and over the next several weeks depending on where you are, we will be releasing an update to that particular technology to help Windows Vista Ultimate Edition based systems detect the presence of additional activation exploits, namely the activation exploit commonly referred to as the 'SoftMod hack'. We're releasing this update to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition only at this time and only to systems with English as their primary language. As I've said before, we continuously evaluate the risk each reported hack poses to our customers, our partners and the protection of Microsoft's intellectual property; then we plan our activities accordingly.
Below is a screenshot showing what a user would see on a system that has detected the SoftMod activation exploit.
GeForce GTS 250 Gets Closer to Launch
Hey .. do you guys remember the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB ? I bet loads of you actually still have one. Check out the photo below then, this is the new design for the upcoming GeForce GTS 250.
More info is detailed around the web on the GTS 250 release next week of course. But it's pretty safe to say that the card will use the 55 nm G92b graphics core and is as rumored specs wise similar to the GeForce 9800 GTX+
There are some interesting features though ... The GeForce GTS 250 will come in 512 MB and 1 GB configurations, partners will be free to use their own designs as well. Rumor has it that some partners even seem to be working on 2 GB models, which can be discussed of course. Since the card is based on 9800 GTX+ the card is equipped with 128 stream processors. The 9 inch long PCB and cooler visually bear a striking resemblance with the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB for sure. Also a change, a single 6-pin PCI-E power input is enough to feed the card. The GTS 250 graphics cards are NVIDIA's 'new' card series to address the 125-175 USD market.
NVIDIA will lift the embargo on this card on March 3, the cards will reach retail and etail by March 10.
Radeon HD 4750 40nm RV740 tested |review
Exclusive: Radeon HD 4750 (RV740 - 40nm) preview
Guru3D.com today has a special and exclusive preview read for you guys. It's the worlds first article on a 40nm based graphics card, it embeds the RV740 ASIC and is due to be released in April. For the sake of it we'll name this product the Radeon HD 4750, it comes with a 40nm core, 640 shader processors and pack GDDR5 memory.
So here's the deal, performance wise the product is awfully close to the Radeon HD 4850, yet the trick is .. it'll be so much cheaper. Have a look at this article, you'll find only one review on this globe.
Click on the link to read this Guru3D article.
Daily Deals 25-02-09
For today's daily deals on hardware I like to put a focus on the thing that is so essential in your PC .. memory.
The norm these days is for low-end modern machines, 1 GB memory, mid-range 2GB memory and high end we are moving into a 4 GB memory size. Compared to a couple of years ago, this was unheard off. The good thing is however that memory prices plummeted downward so hard that you can purchase 4 G memory for less money than 1 GB two years ago. Let's have a look at some good deals.
- Kingston 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory for $14.00
- Corsair (2x 1GB) XMS2 DHX 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit $25.99
- Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM what a deal .. 4GB 800 MHz at $51.99 !
- Crucial 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 DIMM Memory at $32.99
- Crucial 4GB PC-3 8500 DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module - 4GB (2 x 2GB) at $69.99
Memory has never been this cheap you guys, roughly 15 bucks per gigabyte.
Microsoft SideWinder X8 BlueTrack mouse released this week
One of the more discussed mice on the web, the Microsoft
SanDisk announced faster memory card readers - The ImageMate
Flash memory specialist SanDisk announced two new ImageMate memory card readers, the ImageMate All-in-one and the ImageMate Multi-card. Both readers feature faster transfer rates, packed into a smaller and attractive body compared to the older SanDisk readers.
The ImageMate All-in-one reader provides quick card-to-card copying functionality and supports SD, SDHC, miniSDHC, MMC, MS, MSPD, xD and CF. As for Multi-Card reader, it supports only xD, MS, SD, SDHC and MMC.
ImageMate All-in-one retailed for $29.99 and ImageMate Multi-Card will cost you $19.99. Both are available now from SanDisk.com
Alphacool HF 14 Yellowstone and HF 14 Livingstone waterblocks
Yesterday the GErman based Alphacool launched two new waterblocks for the Intel LGA775/1366/1160 processors; the Alphacool HF 14 Livingstone and Alphacool HF 14 Yellowstone.
There some pictures on Alphacool's website, but most of the specifications are still only available in the German language. International orders are taken though and you can select the English language at the website.
Kingston demos ValueRAM 24G DDR3 Tech Demo
Activision has released a new and trailer for their upcoming temporal themed shooter Singularity (PC/PS3/Xbox 360).
Meanwhile the game's official website has now launched offering a Fall 2009 release window. This site is different from the viral web site MIR-12.com which continues to reveal some of the game's back story.
Palit puts 2GB memory on GTX 285
Palit Microsystems announces the first own design GeForce GTX285 1GB and 2GB. Armed with NVIDIA PhysX and NVIDIA CUDA