Google Chrome update brings 30% faster browser
Google this afternoon launched an official update to its Chrome browser that it hopes will fight back against Safari 4 and other newer rivals. The upgrade further refines the software's distinctive java script engine and is estimated to be about 30 percent faster when using web apps and other sites that depend heavily on the code. Chrome similarly gets updates that bring it up to par with some features on other browsers, such as autofill for forms as well as a full-screen mode and the ability to remove unwanted thumbnails from the "most visited" page.
The search engine pioneer also boasts having fixed over 300 bugs and improved the general stability of Chrome. It continues to require Windows XP or Vista. Versions for Linux and Mac OS X remain in development but aren't anticipated until later this year.
In addition to its speed, Chrome is unique among browsers in assigning a program thread to each browser tab and thus preventing a crash in one from taking down the whole browser as well as speeding up browsing on multi-core computers. It also creates a "sandbox" to prevent malicious web code from easily infecting the operating system.
Spielberg predicts death of home consoles
Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg expects to see the traditional home console die out, whilst virtual reality and 3D video games will make an emphatic comeback.
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Spielberg boldly stated that he forecasts the conventional video game systems to go "the way of the Dodo bird," as well as declaring his preference for PC gaming.
Modern Warfare 2 Teaser
Woot :) Check out this new teaser for the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 trailer.
So to clear some confusion, the trailer arrives May 24 and the
GSkill Falcon 128GB SSD review - It beats the OCZ Vertex ?
G.Skill has a product here that they should be very proud off, as they made a tough choice, they also are moving towards the all new Indilinx Barefoot controller inside that SSD drive. As such they can fight off the small-block size issues plaguing SSDs based on the JMicron controllers.
This product has that phat 64MB cache inside the Falcon to deal with it, and combined with Samsung NAND flash modules we reach over 250 MB/sec read speeds and get this, 190 MB/sec write speeds.
This product is as delicious as the OCZ Vertex SSD's, but cheaper at 309 USD per 128GB.
Check out the full guru3d review here.
Daily deals May 21 2009 - GPUs
For this update of daily daily deals I wanted to focus on some of the more recent graphics cards, and very snazzy sharp prizes.
- PowerColor Radeon HD 4770 Video Card - What an absolute bargain this card is. Roughly 4850 performance, and most of the card overclock really well bringing you massive bang for buck. This one is available for $99.00
- eVGA GeForce GTS 250 Video Card - I think the GTX 250 is a little underappreciated. This card is pretty much the GeForce 9800 GTX+ model and can now be found for only $119.99 and that is just a great deal.
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - Shortly after the 4890 was released, the price on the 4870 caved in .. you guys please bare in mind that the performance difference in-between the two is like 15% only, and I spotted this 480 for only $149.99 (!)
- BFG Technologies GeForce GTX 275 Video Card - Massive performance at a really fair price, this is what the GTX 275 offers. Here we have the BFG version with life-time warranty at $249.99 and it's worth it every penny !
Very hot deal:
- eVGA GeForce GTX 285 Video Card - to date this model has the fastest GPU on the planet and boy, did the price come down ever since the last-gen GTX 280 was released at 500 USD. This eVGA model we spotted for $299.99
IntelBurnTest v2.1 released
IntelBurnTest is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most pow- -erful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Updated IntelBurnTest to v2.1
- Optimized error-checking code, reduces CPU overhead
- Now displays more accurate ending time
- Simplified graphical user interface further
- Improved color of captions in the GUI
- Added ability to override the number of threads for Linpack to use (as requested by users)
- Added display of progress in the title bar
- Now outputs current time for each iteration to log file (hh:mm:ss)
- Now auto-scrolls output list to the bottom as results are outputted
- Fixed a GUI quirk
Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress.
Download: click here.
Radeon HD 4730 surfaces
Well that didn't take long. It is reported that AMD is planning to release a new 55nm RV770 based graphics card, the Radeon HD 4730. This part is basically a cut down down version of the Radeon HD 4830 with 512MB GDDR5 memory.
The Radeon HD 4730 is an attempt to ease the supply problems of the popular Radeon HD 4770.
The thing is, this card isn't based on the 40nm RV740 part but the 55nm RV770. In fact, it is a strip down version of the HD 4830 (RV770LE) codenamed RV770CE but boosted with GDDR5 memories. However, you may not be seeing mass availability as it is only available in limited quantities for certain regions whose HD 4830 stocks have ran dry.
Check out the picture.
QNAP Unveils Atom-based SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS
QNAP announces the first 2.5" SATA HDD, 4-bay, Intel Atom-based SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS dedicated to SMB and SOHO users. Designed with Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and DOM (Disk on Module) architecture, the SS-439 Pro is the most compact, powerful, and power-saving 2.5" 4-bay NAS that supports RAID 5/ RAID 6 for highly secure data protection.
The NAS supports four 2.5" SATA hard drives which are featured with high stability, low power consumption, low vibration, and longer life expectancy. With excellent cooling and energy-saving design, the power consumption of the NAS with four hard drives installed is as low as 18W. Moreover, the SS-439 Pro supports 3 USB 2.0 ports and 2 eSATA ports for storage capacity expansion and backup destination, and advanced features such as built-in iSCSI target service (max 8 iSCSI devices) with Thin Provisioning, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, Wake on LAN, automatic policy-based IP blocking, instant SMS and email alert, BT and eMule download, schedule power on and power off, 2 Giga LAN ports, 4 IP cameras for network surveillance, etc.
"The SS-439 Pro is a compact, silent, and power-saving server which is ideal to work for long hours in the office. When four low power 2.5" hard drives are installed, the power consumption of the NAS is only 18W, which is almost the same as an energy-saving light bulb. It is an environment-friendly storage solution that largely saves the electricity expense of the users and minimizes pollution to the earth," says Jerry Deng, Product Manager from QNAP.
Check out out QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo review here.
Liquid-Cooled Desk PC mod
Check this out, Desk PC mods are relatively rare, but not unseen, but they generally aim to discretely hide the computer into the furniture. Popular Mechanics
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X pixelized
Photo's of the new and upcoming Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X graphics card from Sapphire. This model has a blue PCB and uses the Vapor-X dual-slot cooler.
It is not certain wether or not the card card's core runs at 1000 MHz, and the 1 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1050 MHz (2100 MHz DDR, 4200 MHz effective) or regular clocks just yet. But check out the connectivity, 2x HDMI, sub-d and DVI. The price is yet to be announced. Click the photo to enlarge.
LG thinnest LCD is just 5.9mm thick
LG has introduced world's thinnest 42" and 47" LCD displays, the new models have a thickness of only 5.99mm.
Yeah again .. nearly 6mm (!). LG promises 120Hz refresh technology and 80% of the NTSC color gamut, up from 72% on standard models, on these, but we'll wait for them to go from the demo stand to the store shelf before revisiting the question of whether thinner and more energy efficient is actually better.
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Corsair breaks memory record - 2533 MHz DDR3
Corsair announced that Corsair Labs has set the world record for DDR3 frequency on a Core i7 system.
Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of DDR3-2533MHz with the aggressive memory timings of 7-8-7-20 using a triple-channel 6GB memory kit. This new world record, verified and validated by CPU-Z, the industry-standard tool for verifying overclocking results, is the first time this frequency has been achieved on a Core i7 system with 6GB of memory using three modules; most world record attempts use only a single 1GB module.
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU cooler
Zalman is preparing to launch a new CPU cooler under the name CNPS10X Extreme. This looks like it is going to be the flagship of coolers and obviously will bring Core i5 support, along with the regular other AMD and Intel sockets.
The cooler weighs nearly a kilogram and is sized 135x100x160mm. There will be five U shaped heatpipes going through the aluminum cooling fins. Noise production would be in-between 20 DBa and 39 DBa with RPM throttling from 1000 towards 2150 RPM.
According to Zalman the cooler will cool roughly 2-3 degrees C better than the new CNPS9900 LED. The cooler will be delivered with a PWM-controller with three settings. Furthermore you'll get some ZM-STG2 thermal paste.
The price has not yet been disclosed, yet we expect it to be more expensive than an actual Core i5 processor.
Microsoft BlueTrack range get new mice & keyboard set
Microsoft has unveiled three new peripherals in its BlueTrack range, two new mice and a wireless keyboard/mouse set. The Microsoft BlueTrack Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is intended for mobile use, and pairs a blue-laser mouse with a mini-USB 2.4GHz transceiver; meanwhile the Wireless Mouse 5000 has a larger transceiver and is intended for desktop use.
Runtime is estimated at up to 10 months for the 6000 and up to 8 months for the 5000. Each has a power switch to save battery life and, in the case of the 6000, prevent accidentally resuming a sleeping laptop by clicking the mouse while it
OCZ Summit SSD with 128MB onboard cache launched
The OCZ Summit is available in 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities. The 120GB and 250GB disks have read speeds of up to 220MB/s and write speeds of up to 200MB/s while the 60GB version has to do it with a write speed of up to 125MB/s.
PR - Building on their premium flash-based storage solutions, OCZ
New iPhone to launch July 17th
It has to be the hottest gadget on the globe. Now Wired is reporting that a source closely connected to the Apple hardware team is giving out details about the suspected upcoming revision of the iPhone.
A source said to be
Dell: Windows 7 is much more expensive than Vista
Some new details about Windows 7 pricing have emerged from Dell, via CNET's Brooke Crothers, it indicates that Windows 7 license prices will be much higher than with Vista.
Windows 7 pricing is potentially an obstacle to Windows 7 adoption for some users, though in just about every other aspect the operating system is beating Vista, according to a Dell marketing executive. "If there's one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower or cause customers to pause, it's that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems are higher than they were for Vista and XP," Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business client product group, said in a phone interview, referring to the various versions of the Windows 7 operating system that are expected to appear.
Ward continued. "In tough economic times, I think it's naive to believe that you can increase your prices on average and then still see a stronger swell than if you held prices flat or even lowered them. I can tell you that the licensing tiers at retail are more expensive than they were for Vista." In the business market, Windows 7 Professional is expected to be more expensive than Windows Vista Business, the version that Professional is replacing, he said. Some schools and smaller businesses may not be early adopters due to price. "Schools and government agencies may not be able to afford (the additional cost). Some of the smaller businesses may not be able to enjoy the software as soon as they'd like," Ward said.
3D Realms 'we are Not Closing'
Closing, no closing, Vaporware .. it really is the biggest soap in the history of game-development isn't it ?
3D Realms today issued a statement in response to Take Interactive's lawsuit against the Duke Nukem Forever developer, which also claims that the studio hasn't closed:
In light of recent press articles and statements by Take-Two (to the media and in a lawsuit), we want to set the record straight on some issues.
Despite rumors and statements to the contrary, 3D Realms (3DR) has not closed and is not closing. 3DR retains ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. Due to lack of funding, however, we are saddened to confirm that we let the Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) development team go on May 6th, while we regroup as a company. While 3DR is a much smaller studio now, we will continue to operate as a company and continue to license and co-create games based upon the Duke Nukem franchise.
As some of you may know, Take-Two filed a lawsuit last week containing various accusations and claims against 3DR and the uncompleted DNF game. Take-Two never paid 3DR advances or any signing bonus or any other funds related to DNF, up until July 2008, at which time they paid $2.5m in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game. This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF. Take-Two claims that they paid $12m to GT Interactive/Infogrames to acquire the publishing rights for the DNF game. To be clear, 3DR was not a party to that transaction and did not receive any money from it. When the DNF game was originally signed with GT Interactive in 1998, GT paid 3DR a $400,000 signing bonus. Up until July 2008, this was the only publisher money we received for the DNF game. Meanwhile, 3DR put over $20m into the production of DNF.
Take-Two retains publishing rights for the DNF game, although 3DR retains certain rights to sell the game directly to the public. Late last year, 3DR began negotiations with Take-Two to provide funding to complete the DNF game. In the meantime, 3DR was hitting mutually-agreed milestones, despite not having a new agreement finalized. Take-Two was well aware that 3DR needed the funding to continue the DNF game development. Suddenly, after months of negotiations, Take-Two materially changed the parameters of the proposed funding agreement. 3DR informed Take-Two that it could not financially afford the changes Take-Two was suggesting and would be forced to release the team if an agreement was not reached. Take-Two made a last minute proposal to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise and the 3DR development team. Take-Two's proposal was unacceptable to 3DR for many reasons, including no upfront money, no guarantee minimum payment, and no guarantee to complete the DNF game. From 3DR's perspective, we viewed Take-Two as trying to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise in a "fire sale." Those negotiations fell through on May 4th, a deal never materialized, and the DNF team was sadly released a few days later.
Less than a week after the DNF team was released, Take-Two filed its lawsuit in New York, seeking immediate temporary injunctive relief. The court denied Take-Two's request for a temporary restraining order. While we cannot comment on the details of the ongoing lawsuit, we believe Take-Two's lawsuit is without merit and merely a bully tactic to obtain ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. We will vigorously defend ourselves against this publisher.
It's growing to proportions that it is starting to irritate the end-users isn't it ?