Microsoft Surface 2 coming soon
Joe Olsen a developer whose company writes applications for the Surface said that the next version of Surface was already in the development stage.
Though Microsoft won't comment on a release date, the Surface 2 codenamed 'Second Light' will be build on the original model and have a second projector inside the table computer that can project images onto a layer above the surface of the screen. In effect, the device will be able to overlay secondary images above those on the screen - such as satellite imagery. The machine will also have infrared sensors that can interpret gestures and movements without having to touch the screen.
New BioShock 2 Details
Over at the GameSpot forums they have what appear to be actual BioShock 2 details from the new issue of GameInformer. The sequel has players assuming control of "the first ever" Big Daddy, according to creative director Jordan Thomas. Players will be armed with a drill, and will also be able to upgrade their weapons and various plasmids. As you liberate Little Sisters from other Big Daddies, you'll be able to either Harvest or Adopt them. Adoption apparently lets players escort a Little Sister around levels, fighting off splicers as the Little Sister harvests the all-powerful Adam from corpses. (thanks ShackNews)
It's 10 years since the first game. The Big Sister returns to rapture, bringing back the Little Sisters with her. You play as the original Big Daddy. You can use the drill, the rivet gun, and you can still use plasmids. Little Sisters have been given a new look to be less creepy, as you're seeing them from the eyes of their protectors. You don't get your own Little Sister from the start, as you're a renegade Big Daddy. So you fight other Big Daddies to get your own sister. You can still harvest them, but the other option has been changed to "adopt" instead of rescue. If you adopt the sister, she'll ride on your shoulders, and you can go around Rapture looking for corpses for her to collect ADAM from. When your sister goes to harvest ADAM, a wave of Splicers will come and start attacking to try and harvest her. You have to hold them off until she finishes harvesting. You gain some ADAM from this, but not enough to tide you through the game. You can permanently rescue them, but the article doesn't say how. The Big Sister is one of the surviving little sisters from the last game. She's the new ruler of Rapture, and is the main antagonist of the game. With each Big Daddy you kill, the game lets you know how close you are to incurring the wrath of the Big Sister. When you do, the little sister you're with will sing a song about how the Big Sister doesn't want you playing with her, then you get jumped.
Doesn't seem terribly inspired.. same setting, same enemies (with a few new ones), same plasmids with small upgrades. The novelty has kind of worn off, I wonder how well this will sell? I'm a strong believer that some stories should be left as they are, but this is the gaming industry and money talks [thanks ggmania]
Download: NVIDIA nForce 15.26 WHQL International XP|Vista (32|64)
NVIDIA released a new driver package for their nForce motherboard series. The new binaries include:
Windows Vista 32-bit Driver Versions:
- Ethernet Driver (v67.89) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v67.96) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v10.3.0.46) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v10.3.0.46) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v10.3.0.46)
- SMU Driver (v1.61) WHQL
- SMBus Driver (v4.69) WHQL
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.107) WHQL
- Installer (v6.69)
- nForce 980a
- nForce 780a
- nForce 750a
- nForce 730a - GeForce 8300/8200
- nForce 720a - GeForce 8100
- nForce 630i/GeForce 7150
- nForce 630i/GeForce 7100
- nForce 610i/GeForce 7050
Overall reactions to these drivers are pretty positive. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
NVIDIA nForce 15.26 WHQL International XP 32-bit
NVIDIA nForce 15.26 WHQL International XP 64-bit
NVIDIA nForce 15.26 WHQL International Vista 64-bit
NVIDIA nForce 15.26 WHQL International Vista 32-bit
Lenovo Pocket Yoga Concept Netbook
About two years ago, in 2007, before the whole netbook hype really started, Lenovo developed an interesting concept of a pocket-sized PC. This certainly intriguing concept, which Lenovo calls "Pocket Yoga", received some additional attention last week, when some photographs "accidently" left Lenovo's Beijing design studio. Today, Lenovo published further images, which can be found here.
Some of the unique features of this netbook are that its exterior is completely covered in leather, its detachable keyboard, its touchscreen, and its belt that wraps around it, which can be used as a mouse when detached. Besides that, the "Pocket Yoga" can be used both as a laptop or tablet, by opening it 360 degrees. So far, there is no official word from Lenovo, whether this concept is ever going to see the light of day in form of a finished product, though.
AMD x86 CPU production threatened by Intel
Graphics card shipments plunged 42.7 percent in Q4 2008
The strong decline of discrete GPU shipments while PC sales were down only 10 percent suggests a higher marketshare for integrated graphics processors (IGPs), but according to JPR this was not the case. JPR explains OEMs and the channel relied on existing inventories, rather than buying new GPUs.
One bright spot: AIBs fending off IGPs in a downturn
Considering that the majority of graphics cards ship to customers in systems from PC and workstation OEMs, the AIB market
Nvidia cancels Nvision 2009
Such a shame really. Last year NVIDIA organized NVISION 08, an event all about everything visual computing related. As you guys know, we were there and enjoyed the sheer amounts of technology and gaming over there very much. It's closely related to everything GPU related and as such a very refreshing exhibition. We reported widely about this event.
Nvidia has decided to cancel plans to host Nvision 2009 in order to reduce costs, according to the company. Nvidia originally planned to hold Nvision in the third quarter, but the economic decline has reduced the number of attendees considering visiting the show, Nvidia said.
The chipmaker added that it will still host several smaller forums in the fall.
Of you like to learn some more on what was happening at NVISION last year, I have made a selection of our reports for you:
- NVISION 08 Day 1 - The Fun begins
- NVISION 08 Day 1 - Part 2 Keynotes, Case Modding and Tricia Helfer
- NVISION 08 Day 2 - It's Buzz Aldrin dude
- NVISION 08 Day 2 - Let's see some hardware
- NVISION 08 Day 2 - Video games Live Concert
- NVISION 08 - Day 4 - NVSCENE 2008 60 MB demo downloads online
- NVISION 08 - Day 3 - Mythbusters at NVISION: CPU vs GPU (Video)
- NVISION 08 - Day 0 - San Jose Going is going NVIDIA Green
- NVISION 08 - Day 0 - Electronic Sports World Cup Grand Finals Starts today
- NVISION 08 - What's it all about ?
Click on the links to check the content.
Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod now finished
So I received an email from Dana Mattocks responsible for the cool steampunk PC mod we mentioned a week or two ago. The project has now been finished. The end result is a more polished product by finishing the DVD Roms and adding a
Adobe Patches Zero-Day Vulnerability
Are you using Adobe Reader ?, you'll be happy to know a patch was released this week that fixes the problem in version 9. Users of versions 7 & 8 are still on schedule to be patched on 3/18. For those that haven't been following the details of the exploit, the vulnerability is a result of an array indexing error in the processing of JBIG2 streams. Hackers have found a way to corrupt arbitrary memory using the PDF format and take control of compromised systems.
And sure, you don't take free candy from a stranger, or PDF's.
GSkill 2000 MHz CAS9 triple channel DDR3 memory review
Mighty impressive, nice timings and a good price. G.Skills 3GB DDR3 2000MHz DDR3 Triple Channel memory kit comes with timings of CL9 (9-9-9-24) at 1.65V, and next to that they pimped it up with a PI Series Black memory heatsink. All in all we can already share, a very competitive and interesting set of memory. But is the high frequency memory worth the buzz ?
You can read this Guru3D review here.
Download: MaxxPI² - Benchmark released
Guy builds 747-simulator .. AMAZING
Matthew Sheil has built what could easily be one of the most elaborate big boy's toys in the world, and his efforts have earned him a Guinness world record. Sheil is the top gun in the surreal world of flight simulator enthusiasts, where virtual pilots join virtual airlines, fly virtual routes and are assisted by virtual air traffic controllers.
For most, a joystick and Microsoft's Flight Simulator PC software is sufficient, but, over the past 10 years, Sheil has built what Guinness describes as the "world's most expensive home flight simulator".
A homebrew version of the $60 million simulators used to train pilots, Sheil's contraption is almost identical to the cockpit of a 747-400. Thanks to 45 different software programs running on 14 different computers, the simulator allows Sheil to fly to and from 27,000 different airports around the world with breathtaking realism.
By day, Sheil runs a trucking parts company but at night he takes to the skies with other enthusiasts from around the globe. The simulator is stored at his warehouse in Chipping Norton. It is able to mimic real-world weather conditions in any country with startling accuracy, and the hydraulics system means Sheil can feel every bump.
The simulator cost him $300,000 to build - a far cry from the $60 million price tag on the professional simulators - but many of the parts were donated to him because of his charity work. Sheil is a veteran real-world pilot and owns a Beechcraft Baron B58. He said he preferred flying a real plane but enjoyed the simulator because there were no limitations.
"The [real] plane I fly you take off and you point it in the direction of Melbourne and you press a button and away it goes until you come into land, whereas a simulator you can do whatever you want - if you want to fly upside down, fly upside down," he said.
"If we hit a mountain or the ground the simulator just freezes in its current state and everything goes red - and then we just hit reset." [via smh.com.au]
Click here to check out his homepage, just go to the photo's and be amazed what this guy achieved.
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Far Cry 2 turns us into killers
According to investigators he played Far Cry 2 the night before the shooting took place.
In the aftermath of the massacre, Premier Horst Seehofer is again pushing for the ban on violent video games.
ECS GeForce GTS 250 Graphics Card
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) announced the launch of its latest NGTS250-1GMU-F graphics card- to meet the requirement from hardcore gamers. With its powerful 128 processor cores, the ECS NGTS250-1GMU-F graphics card realizes the gaming desire without any compromise of the graphics performance. For hardcore gamers, NGTS250-1GMU-F supporting NVIDIA PhysX , 3-way SLI and 3D Vision technology which bring gamers multiple amazing performance in realistic gaming experience like never before. As well as NVIDIA CUDA technology, NGTS250-1GMU-F provides excellent qualities and efficiency in video converting between different formats to mobile device. For the upcoming of Microsoft Windows 7, the powerful operation system of the next era accelerated by GPU processing, NGTS250-1GMU-F is ready for computing the GDI applications to bring users the best visual effects like Aero Shake.
The ECS NGTS250-1GMU-F comes with 1024MB GDDR3 memory and a 256-bit memory interface, and 740 MHz core and 2200 MHz memory clock speed.
I have not checked out the shader domain clocks just yet, but a sample already has arrived. And since it's following reference clocks, it has to be 1836 MHz. More on that soon in our review.
Zotac to intro GTX 285 with Acellero Xtreme
It is quite interesting to see this so shortly after the CeBIT. We have been talking with Zotac on CeBIT and we'll bring you some product reviews on their gear this year as well. For now, it seems that Zotac is working on their own design GeForce GTX 285. Custom PCB and customized cooler. The cooler is obviously the most interesting thing here as it is using the Acellero Xtreme from Acrtic Cooling.
We will have a review with this cooler upcoming week actually, yet from Inno3D. Strangely enough the clock frequencies on this card follow NVIDIA's specifications: 648/1476/1242 MHz (core/shader/memory).
PCB wise the voltage regulator domain has been rearranged. The card now has 6 vGPU + 3 vMem power phases. Apparently one extra vGPU phase has been added for redundancy and stability.
This product will be equipped with Hynix N3C 0.77 ns GDDR3 memory. 1000:0.77=1299 (x2) = 2600 Mhz. Surely this card will be tweakable, very much.
And yes yes .. we have a photo :)
2Gb Radeon HD 4870 spotted
If you like to throw away money ... then this product might be something for you. Okay that sounded a bit too harsh rather then the intention really is. But Sapphire released a 2GB version of the Radeon 4870. It's labeled as the Vapor-X and is spotted in some German webshops for 242 EUR.
The bump from1 GB towards 2GB is controversial, and gaming wise will just not make a difference as 99.95% of the titles out there have plenty of graphics card memory with a 1GB framebuffer. Only if you'd go really high in monitor resolution and your AA settings, at best you can gain a few % performance increase .. and that's at best.
What I do like about the Vapor-X is the cooler, using 'vapor chamber' technology. Other then that the clock speeds are reference as well at 750 MHz on the core and 900 MHZ (x4 DDR5) for the memory.
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising Available
Available now as a direct download from EA's online store, Electronic Arts released Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising in seven different languages, today. To get your hands on a physical copy of Uprising though, you will have to be a little bit more patient and wait until April. Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising directly continues where Red Alert 3 ended.
Good news: you do not need Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 in order to play Uprising. Be careful though! At 5,9 GB in size, it will take some time until the download will be finsihed. This add-on focuses on single-player action and there is no multiplayer modus included. Available for $19.95, these are some of its new features:
- Four new campaigns - Battle your way through all-new campaigns featuring classic fast, furious, and fun C&C action. New stories and missions feature all three factions, plus experience a new twist with the first-ever C&C dungeon-crawler campaign!
- Eleven deadly new over-the-top units - Conquer the world and crush your enemies with 11 new units from the Soviets, Allies, and Empire of the Rising Sun, such as the Cryo Legionnaire, the Steel Ronin, and the Desolator!
- The biggest cast ever in a C&C expansion
Download: Nvidia Bios Editor 4.9 (nibitor)
Johan relased NiBiTor 4.9 aka Nvidia Bios Editor, which allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. Doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweak memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt boot up settings, change fan speed options and/or get extra stability on the NVIDIA based graphics accelerators.
Changes in version 4.9:
- Added GeForce GTX 285
- Added GeForce GTX 295
- Minor Update and Bugfix
Download - click here.