Windows 7 RC to natively support .mov files
Windows 7 already has built in DivX support in the current beta. Hidden inside the various changes since beta for the RC is a change to Windows Media Player to natively support the .mov files. Yeah, the support for .mov files was mentioned deep in a long list of changes that are coming to the Windows 7 Release Candidate. While this may delight owners of cameras which output in the .mov format, it's also good news for anyone who enjoys watching movies on their PC, as movie trailers, particularly those on Apple Movie Trailers, come in .mov format, and so require QuickTime (or a freeware player such as VLC) to view.
Now, if WMP would have native support for GPU acceleration on all formats as well, I'd be such a happy puppy (cute too).
Limited Edition Red Xbox 360
Accompanying the launch of Resident Evil 5 in March, Microsoft today confirmed the release of its long-rumored limited edition of the Xbox 360 Elite. Officially, it is called Xbox 360 Elite Limited Edition Resident Evil 5 Bundle, and besides its red finish, it comes with a red Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, a black Xbox 360 Headset, a 120 GB Hard Drive, and an exclusive premium "Resident Evil 5" theme (downloadable via Xbox LIVE).
Here's an excerpt of its included features:
- Xbox 360 Elite Console with Exclusive Red Finish
- Matching red wireless controller
- 120GB hard drive
- Resident Evil 5
- Super Street Fighter
Dell's 4th Quarter Net Income Drops 48 Percent
Yesterday, Dell reported that its net income for the fourth quarter, ended Jan. 30, fell 48 percent, to $351 million from $679 million reported in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Revenue dropped 16 percent, to $13.4 billion from $16 billion. That is the lowest level in earnings for Dell since 2002. As a result, they announced to cut their annual costs by an additional $1 billion - on top of the already existing $3 billion cost-cutting program, which has included layoffs and the closing of plants, for example.
"We will be the first to admit that this is a work in progress, and there is more to do," Brian T. Gladden, the company's chief financial officer said. Apparently, the main reason for this decline are the decreased desktop and laptop computer sales. Currently, Dell is trying to broaden its product offerings in a "turnaround effort". "Our strategy is to develop disruptive technology and innovation and shift our business to higher margin products and services," Mr. Dell said.
Download: AMD Overdrive 2.1.6
The AMD OverDrive application was designed to be a utility the provides the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the AMD chipset products
It allows user to tune parameters to ensure system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics. Our target is to provide an all-in-one utility which can deliver all-around stellar operation.
Check out the latest release, which is version 2.1.6
Patriot Warp v2 Series 128GB SSD review
We test the Patriot Warp v.2 Series 128GB SSD. We like the SSD development for sure. Fast performance and no noise is just fantastic. If you are a gamer, you just might settle for a nice HDD as boot drive and install your games at a SSD device, you'll seriously increase level and game load times very much.
This is where we land at the premises of Patriot memory. Not too long ago they released an SSD series of drives. They branded it as the WARP series. It comes with an advertised read performance of 175 MB/sec and a 100 MB/sec write speed, how on this earth could we not like that ?
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Dell hugs trees, released green LCD
The display features 250 nits of brightness, 5ms panel response time and provides 1000:1 of contrast with ability to extend up to a whooping 1 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Panel is TN type with 16.7 million colors and 160/170 viewing angles rating. It
Zotac GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition pictured
Man, this concept is going to flop so miserably.This is the GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition graphics card from Zotac, which will be released next month. This card uses 40 percent less power than a standard GeForce 9600 GT. The card has a 600MHz core and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1800MHz. There's no 6-pin power connector and it uses 2+1 phase power supply.
Zotac is going to ship its GeForce 9600GT Green Edition soon according to the latest information. With model of N9600GT-1GD3, Zotac 9600GT Green Edition features black-color PCB, fins and PWM cooler, which might impress you in another way as the looks are just great to be honest.
Intel shows what it takes to build a fab (video)
Fun video. Earlier this month Intel published a video on YouTube that shows how Intel is moving from manufacturing microprocessors using 45 nanometer circuitry to even smaller 32 nanometer circuitry.
Check it out.
GTA Chinatown Wars Footage
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.