Windows Vista SP2 to be available within weeks
The second Service Pack for Windows Vista should be available within a couple of weeks. DailyTech wrote today that Microsoft has delivered the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) Escrow build to Connect beta testers. Windows Vista SP2 will add Blu-ray recording, WiFi updates, and various bug fixes and tweaks.
The new service pack delivers many much anticipated features, along with numerous tweaks and bug fixes which should strengthen the Vista experience. Among the hottest additions in the new pack is the ability to record in Blu-Ray format for the first time in Windows. Other key additions include Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity, Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration wireless functionality, faster Wi-Fi resume times after hibernation, Windows Search 4.0, and the ability to configure the maximum number of TCP connections.
GDC: Unreal Engine 3 Features [movie]
At GDC 2009, Epic has once again decided to show off the considerable leaps and bounds made to its Unreal Engine 3 technology. As always .. it looks good alright. Check it out.
Pirate Bay to roll out secure 5 euro per month VPN service
Heh .. these guys do not stop do they. The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tracks when torrenting. The new service will be called IPREDator, named after the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that will go into effect in April. IPREDator is currently in private beta and is expected to go public next week for
PhotoFast G-Monster PCIe 1TB SSD
We all know that SSDs are the next generation of storage solution for the computer, but so far the hard drive is still holding out strong mainly because of the cost-per-GB issue.
As technology advances and narrows the gap between hard drives and SSDs where cost-efficiency is concerned, perhaps SSDs of the future like the 1TB PhotoFast G-Monster PCIe will become more commonplace, capable of hitting pehnomenal read and write speeds of 750MB/s and 700MB/s, respectively. Imagine transferring full HD videos in just seconds! No word on pricing, but we're looking at "expensive" when it launches this April. Those with a smaller budget can also opt for the 256GB and 512GB models.
Have a look at their PDF spec sheet here.
TwinTech GeForce GTS 250 1024MB review |test
Today here at Guru3D.com, we'll review one of TwinTech's GeForce GTS 250 graphics cards. The TwinTech GeForce GTS 250 XT OC is packed with 1GB of memory, pre-overclocked and comes with a wicked cooler from Arctic Cooling. For a first introduction... that was certainly impressive to see.
But will the product be able to keep up with Guru3D's pace in testing? Let's find out. Have a look at this link right here to read up on the full article.
FileFront Says Farewell
Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc., current owner of FileFront, decided to pull the plug on the popular gaming and file hosting web site on March 30, 2009. FileFront (still) is a repository for over 1.5 million files, totaling 48+ TB of space.
This is the original message, published on FileFront by the web site's management and team:
"We regret to inform you that we are forced to indefinitely suspend the FileFront site operations on March 30, 2009. If you have uploaded files, images or posted blogs, or if you would like to download some of your favorite files, please take this opportunity to download them before March 30th when the site will be suspended.
We would like to give a warm thank you to all of you who have been part of the FileFront communities we have built together. Your support has had a meaningful impact for all of us here at FileFront. Again, we want to give you a sincere
Antec Skeleton case mod contest
A true fact is that the Antec Skeleton PC case isn
COD6: Modern Warfare 2 trailer
Infinity Ward shows off it's the first trailer of Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2. They are doing this at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Be warned though, it doesn't contain any gameplay footage. The game is under development for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
The launch date is set for November 11, 2009.
Rumor: Foxconn to end its retail sales
Originally Foxconn is a very big OEM manufacturer. Bright Side of News speculates Foxconn will soon quit its retail business.
The site reports those rumors from last year that electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn will be acquiring ASUS' Pegatron manufacturing division are true, but that one of the conditions is that Foxconn will need to close its retail business. Last quarter Foxconn wasn't willing to do this just yet, but the report indicates the recession and the drop in demand for computers has accelerated the move.
Foxconn will reportedly acquire Pegatron by June, and close its Channel unit.
Although this is a rumor as of right now, something that might pop up to confirm this would be an announcement that Foxconn is buying Pegatron. Be on the lookout for this type of announcement to corroborate the Foxconn Chanel closure. With this closure, the way for an acquisition of Pegatron Technologies is wide open. This would not only give Foxconn increased manufacturing capacity but also the clients and contacts already held by Pegatron. ASUS would get rid of a competitor as well as receive some extra funds. ASUS has long been working on establishing channel dominance and at the time of this writing, the company is making a tremendous amount of retail products in addition to its component sales. It looks like this would be a win-win situation for both companies and would allow them even greater penetration into the worldwide markets without the increased cost, as it would divide the market between them: ASUS takes the role as a Global Brand and Foxconn as a Global OEM. Once completed, ASUS can go head to head with the big players in the US like Dell, HP and IBM, while at the same time Foxconn is the company that will manufacture most of components for the brands mentioned above.
Vuzix shows Augmented Reality kit
Vuzix have announced [pdf link] an augmented-reality (AR) add-on kit for their Vuzix VR920 video headset, developed in collaboration with AR specialists metaio. he system will initially be demonstrated with a 3D animated book, that has computer-generated characters, but Vuzix believe it has potential applications in gaming, education and travel.
The AR Accessory Kit comprises two main components. Firstly there
Canon EOS 500D dSLR has 1080p HD video recording
Other features include the Digic 4 image processor, 3" LCD display with VGA resolution, face detection mode, ISO3200 and additional high-speed ISO 6400 and 12800 settings.
The Canon EOS 500D body will be available in early May for 869EUR ($799.99). It will also be available in a kit with the Canon's EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens for 969EUR ($899.99)
The muscle behind Canon's new EOS Rebel T1i camera is the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor with 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion and the ability to process full HD video. The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR offers continuous shooting at 3.4 fps for up to 170 large/fine JPEG images or up to nine RAW images in a single burst when using a class 6 or higher SD or SDHC memory card. Whether capturing wildlife on the run or a child mid-stride on the soccer field, users will appreciate the fast shooting capabilities of the Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera.
With the combination of its 15.1-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor and the powerful new DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 3200 in whole stop increments, along with two additional high-speed ISO settings
Mercedes F-Cell Roadster looks like an electric carriage
Daimler engineers this week presented a new Mercedes Benz concept that reminds me a bit of those old horse carriages - but with a lot of modern technology applied to it. Instead of horse power, this retro design uses a 1.2kW hybrid motor, it has a fiberglass front section and instead of a wheel it has a joystick. It's not much faster than a bike though, the top speed is only 15mph (about 24km/h) but the operating range is 217 miles (almost 350km).
As for who was responsible for creating the unique F-CELL Roadster, that honor goes to the trainees of of Daimler AG at the Sindelfingen plant, with more than 150 trainees and dual education system students working for about a year on the overall concept, development, assembly, and completion of the hybrid model. According to Human Resources Board member and Labor Relations Manager G
Seagate BlackArmor NAS units up to 8TB
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to provide small businesses with solutions that meet both current and future storage needs, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the world
Single PCB based GeForce GTX 295 might be in the works
China based Expreview reports that NVIDIA apparantly is working on a new GTX295 reference design card featuring not two, but a single PCB.
The current GTX295 features dual-PCB design codenamed P656 with one GPU on each. New GTX295 will adopt a single PCB design known as P658, which means NVIDIA can place two GPUs onto one PCB board. As such wiring and power supply parts as well as the dual direction cooler need to be rearranged.
If the story is correct then a new question rises .. and that would be 'Why'. Well look at it this way, you can bring down overall costs of the entire VGA card. Making it cheaper to produce and offer. The clock and performance of GTX295 remain unchanged during this transition, and 6pin+8pin power connectors are employed. Added a back plate, the pricing of new GTX295 won
China blocks YouTube over Tibet protests
The blocking added to the communist government's efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule.
Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos, and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.
There were no protest scenes posted on China-based video Web sites such as 56.com, youku.com and tudou.com.
The Chinese government has not commented on its move to prevent access to YouTube. Internet users trying to call up the Web site are presented with a blank screen.
Chinese leaders encourage Internet use for education and business but use online filters to block access to material considered subversive or pornographic.
Foreign Web sites run by news organizations and human rights groups are regularly blocked if they carry sensitive information. Operators of China-based online bulletin boards are required to monitor their content and enforce censorship.
China has at least 210 million Internet users, according to the government, and is expected to overtake the United States soon to become the biggest population of Web surfers.
Beijing tightened controls on online video with rules that took effect Jan. 30 and limited video-sharing to state-owned companies.
Regulators backtracked a week later, apparently worried they might disrupt a growing industry, and said private companies that already were operating legally could continue. They said any new competitors will be bound by the more stringent restrictions.
Download: GPU-Z 0.3.3
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. A new update on GPU-Z is out and it supports the latest catalyst & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
- Added support for RV740 (HD 4750, HD 4770) and RV790 (HD 4890)
- Fixed G98 shader count
- Fixed GT200 process size calculation
- Added support for GTX 275
Download - click here
Lian Li PC-B10 Mid-Tower Chassis
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-B10 Mid Tower chassis. The all aluminum design features two fans on the front (1x 140mm@900RPM + 1x 120mm@1500RPM) and one rear 120mm@1000RPM extraction fan.
The brushed aluminum chassis has a front door with lock which gives access to 5x 5.25
Best Selling PC Games (week ending March 14)
Aah, a new week a new top 10 chart for the best selling games in the US, courtesy of the NPD charts of course. We have a fresh number one.
- Empire: Total War - The Creative Assembly/Sega
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
- Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II - THQ
- World of Warcraft Battle Chest - Blizzard
- World of Warcraft - Blizzard
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life - Electronic Arts
- Spore - Electronic Arts
- Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst - Big Fish Games
- Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 - Electronic Arts
And then the Direct2Drive's Top Ten (3/8 - 3/14)
- Command & Conquer 3: Red Alert - Uprising / EA LA
- Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly
- World in Conflict: Soviet Assault Expansion / Massive
- Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II / Relic
- World in Conflict Gold Edition / Massive
- Rome: Total War Gold Edition / Creative Assembly
- Empire: Total War - Special Forces Edition / Creative Assembly
- Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning / EA Mythic
- MLB 2K9 / Visual Concepts
- Final Fantasy XI Vana'diel Collection 2008 / Square Enix