Photoshop CS4 adds 3D painting and GPU computing
Adobe today unveiled Creative Suite 4, bringing with it Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the latest versions to the photo editing application, optimized to take advantage of GPUs, along with many more features. Photoshop CS4 also simplifies many tasks, with content-aware scaling, auto-align and auto-blend modes on 360 degree panoramas.
Photoshop CS4's new GPU-aware nature allows it to share intensive tasks with the graphics card, speeding up operations significantly. Photoshop will offload panning, zooming, canvas rotation and several other operations to the GPU, allowing users to also experience a more free-flowing workspace.
In addition to the above-mentioned features, Photoshop CS4 Extended allows users to paint directly on 3D objects, as well as texturing them with 2D images. Users can also animate 3D objects, and the software includes a new ray-tracer to create more realistic renderings. Parameters, such as lighting, can also be edited, and can compile DICOM image stacks into three-dimensional models for medical personnel.
AMD to change processor names
According to sources, AMD will begin to change their naming scheme for their 45nm CPU: they will keep the Phenom X4/X3 branding , but the numbers will get five digits.
Sources mentioned that the name of two 45nm CPU this year will be Phenom X4 20550 and Phenom X4 20350, with their AM2+ and DDR2 support, these two 45nm Deneb CPU are only available for a short period (last order at 09Q2), for AM2+ mobo users to update AMD
Thermaltake Xpressar PC Case to use Actual Fridge
We already showed you this technology a couple of times in our Computex and CeBIT reports, but it looks like Thermaltake is taking it serious (that or this is a very good marketing gimmick).
The crazed coolant doctors at Thermaltake are now shipping what they're claiming is the first case to feature a DC-inverter micro refrigeration system onboard, which goes beyond conventional liquid-cooled setups by using the same type of compressor/condenser/coolant system found in a refrigerator or air conditioner into your PC case. Thermaltake claims the Xpressar gains an additional drop of 20
Solar panels 500X improvement invented by 12 year old
Solar technology is improving all the time, but one 12-year-old boy may have the key to making solar panels that can harness 500 times the light of a traditional solar cell. William Yuan is a seventh grader in Oregon whose project, titled "A Highly-Efficient 3-Dimensional Nanotube Solar Cell for Visible and UV Light," may change the energy industry and make solar energy far easier to harness and distribute.
At the heart of Yuan's project is a special solar cell that can harness both visible and ultraviolet light. Most solar cells in use today are either photovoltaic, meaning they harness only visible light, or thermal. While visible, infrared, and ultraviolet light are all heavily scattered or absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere, ultraviolet light comes in at shorter wavelengths and with higher energy than both visible and infrared light. Ultraviolet light can provide more energy to a collector than other, longer-wavelength members of the electromagnetic spectrum. Yuan's solar cells are not just innovative for their collection of UV light, but also because they're engineered to stand freely in three dimensions (which allows them to collect more light) and make use of carbon nanotubes, which allow the cell to distribute the energy it collects without dissipating as much as traditional cells do.
Yuan is looking for a manufacturer to invest in building his new solar cell, and likely won't have a problem finding a partner. Yuan's solar cells have earned him a $25,000 scholarship to fund his education and research, a fellowship at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, and a host of other awards in science and engineering. Yuan isn't the only young inventor making a difference, more and more young innovators are changing the face of clean technology.
New NVIDIA GT200(b) and GT300 GPUs sighted
Ah speculation time again. Well, we all love it so it appears that Australian e-tailer Austin Computers has already begun listing two future NVIDIA stock keeping units (SKUs) - which obviously - are yet to arrive.
The first listing is that of a GeForce GTX 280+, which preliminary specifications show could be a 55nm variant of the same GeForce GTX 280. Looking at how NVIDIA dealt with the 9800 GTX+, it could be assumed that the new GTX 280+ could feature higher clock speeds in order to make it more competitive.
Second to be listed, which looks rather surprising, is that of a GeForce GTX 350, based on the GT300 graphics processor. Again, whatever little specifications listed, show that the card is based on the 55nm silicon fab. process and holds 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 512-bit wide memory bus. It is mentioned that the product could be available any time in Q4 2008. Is NVIDIA gearing up for X'mas? [via Techpowerup]
Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Goes Gold
Ascaron has announced that Sacred 2: Fallen Angel has been approved for manufacturing and will hit the store shelves on October 2, 2008. ASCARON and Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, announced today that SACRED 2
A bike with a Happy Face LED accessory
If you like to ride your bike at night or are just a generally happy person, this LED accessory is certain to brighten up your riding experience. Or at least attract some funny looks.
This LED accessory just clicks onto the wheel of your bike. Pretty simple stuff. In fact, each wheel only has one LED on it. But by means of a microchip, each LED flashes in a strobe-like fashion according to how fast you
Sony prepping VAIO TT ultraportable ?
Sony is gearing up to launch a likely Centrino 2-based update to its VAIO TZ ultraportable notebooks, according to evidence from an FCC filing and a string of forum posts. Called the VAIO TT, the computer would be one of the last remaining systems to launch with Sony's design update and is known to be too powerful to represent Sony's upcoming netbook; most specifications are unavailable, but the notebook will have 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 3G access over EVDO.
A listing at online retailer B&H for a privacy filter which supports both the TZ and TT also pushes the system into the ultraportable class with an 11.1-inch display.
While yet to be confirmed, claims have been made that the new VAIO would be introduced on Monday, lining up roughly with wider availability of ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo processors that will be necessary for the update. Exact configurations are unknown but will likely include carry-over options from the TZ, such as solid-state drives. [via Sony Insider]
Guru3D VGA charts updated (September)
Here at Guru3D we have something that is called the VGA charts. The VGA charts is simply put a selection of games in which we will show you performance numbers (measured by average framerate). The distinct difference review results and these charts is two-fold, in our reviews we can only show you 5 maybe 6 comparative graphics card results due to limitation. In the VGA chart you can see all the reference cards we have tested in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner.
The VGA charts landing page can be found here:
First true 3D processor created, runs at 1.4 GHz
While quantum computers and fiber optic computers are certainly ideal candidates for a silicon PC replacement, they remain in the distant future. In the meantime, one key unexploited domain, which may give silicon a stay of retirement, is 3D chip technologies.
Today virtually all chips on the market are flat, two dimensional designs. While this is somewhat efficient from a cooling perspective, it offers definite limitations in terms of computing resources per given space. A 3D chip could theoretically be much more compact, while being equally efficient. This would have the added perk that it could reduce defects, as larger dies typically lead to more defects. It would also limit propagation delays by shortening interconnects and make the chip harder to reverse engineer.
While some chips designs have claimed to be "3D", most of these designs are merely stacked chips with a few communications interconnects and not mass interoperation between stacked layers. Now the University of Rochester has demoed perhaps the first true 3D processor design. The chip is optimized in 3 dimensions and runs at a speedy 1.4 GHz. Its unique design allows it to become the first chip to offer full functionality in three dimensions in tasks involving synchronicity, power distribution, and long-distance signaling.
"I call it a cube now, because it's not just a chip anymore. This is the way computing is going to have to be done in the future. When the chips are flush against each other, they can do things you could never do with a regular 2-D chip," stated Eby Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rochester and faculty director of the processor.
Professor Friedman worked with engineering student Vasilis Pavlidis to develop the design. He says that while Moore's Law of transistors in a given chip area doubling with time may come to halt in a 2 dimensional world, as some are suggesting, extending processors into 3 dimensions will allow it to continue as fast as ever.
The hardest part according to the researchers is getting the levels of the chip to properly interact. Professor Friedman compares the problem to a scenario where a standard microprocessor is like the U.S. traffic system, and then the 3D processor is like 3 or more U.S. traffic systems stacked atop each other and expected to coordinate traffic between levels. He says the problem is even tougher as the processors are different, so it
Shuttle D10 desktop chassis comes with touchscreen
Early Black Friday Forecast-$149 Blu-ray, $499 40-inch Plasma TV
If you are in the market for a bargain HDTV or Blu-ray player, hang on for couple more months. Although holiday season is still a while away, technology expects have predicted a full forecast of the Black Friday sale. Analysts from Dealnews are speculating sale price to fall as low as $149 for a generic Blu-ray player, $499 for a 42-inch 720p Plasma and $799 for a 1080P 46/47-inch no-brand-name LCD HDTV.
Bargain hunters should know what they will get into queuing up for hours in a cold thanksgiving night, and make sure they are not being sold. The generic $149 Blu-ray is more likely a budget lineup from Funai NB500 or Memorex MVBD-2510. Dynex, Insignia, Westinghouse or Maxent flat screen TV are likely to be the candidate on Black Friday.
Shoppers look for Apple products are going to be disappointed with the speculation. Ipod, Iphone, Imac or I-What-ever would not be heavily discounted, about 5-10% sale with free shipping online.
As a matter of fact, I just returned from local Fry
802.11v format the eco-friendly Wi-Fi
Information has reached our doorsteps that Trapeze Networks proposed Wi-Fi standard that should reduce the high power use of wireless networks. Known as 802.11v, the tentative format would more intelligently check for a connection and shut off the radio on either the router or devices themselves earlier when they idle, reducing the wasted energy and drawing out battery life.
It would further send traffic maps to prevent end devices from having to send as much information on the network.
The technology should also have a side benefit for turning devices back on, the company says. While it exists in some form for newer business notebooks using Intel's vPro platform, a new addition would support software waking up any 802.11v device over the wireless network for it to run a task without users themselves being nearby. More location-based features are also built-in that would be useful for emergencies and other times when GPS isn't available.
The IEEE standards group, which controls the Wi-Fi standard, isn't set to have a final version of 802.11v ready until 2010 but also has yet to unveil every aspect of the technology, including its speed versus 802.11n
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Two new SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium cards spotted
Spotted at their own website it seems that Creative Labs silently introduced two new models SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium cards into their lineup. The two new cards are the X-Fi Titanium and X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio.
Now I had to do some digging to spot the actual difference between the original version and these two the new cards come with a PCIe x1 port, 7.1 channel sound, standard 24-bit/192KHz and 109 dB SNR (signal to noise ratio). Als the same, 64MB of X-RAM and EMI shield protection though the looks have changed a little. The only difference that we spotted is that the X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio comes with a "pro" grade 3.5mm stereo to RCA cable and the Creative Media Toolbox application
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Activision hunting down individual game pirates
A report by Edge Online shows that Activision has sued a New York resident for allegedly copying Call of Duty 3 for the Xbox 360 and other, unnamed games.
Activision seeks $30,000 to $150,000 in damages "for each infringement of each copyrighted videogame." After looking into the issue, GamePolitics uncovered six other instances of piracy-related Activision lawsuits. Settlements in those cases ranged from $1,000 to $100,000, the site says, adding that five of the six defendants lacked representation.
- Shawn G of Federal Way, Washington. G, unrepresented by counsel, agreed to pay Activision $100,000 (CoD 3 Wii, CoD 3 Xbox 360) to settle the case. Read the G settlement.
- Chris Hyman of Abbeville, South Carolina. Hyman, also unrepresented, agreed to pay Activision $25,000 to settle the case. (CoD3 Wii, Tony Hawk's Project 8, Xbox 360). Read the Hyman settlement.
- George Laflin of New Jersey. Laflin, apparently the only defendant who had an attorney, agreed to pay Activision $100,000 (CoD 3 Xbox 360). Read the Laflin settlement.
- Maryanne Leach of Northome, Minnesota. Leach, with no attorney, agreed to pay Activision $1,000. Read the Leach settlement.
- Kenneth Madden of York, South Carolina agreed to pay Activision $100,000 (CoD 3 Wii, Cod 2 The Big Red One PS2, Tony Hawk's Project 8, Xbox 360). He too was unrepresented. Read the Madden settlement.
- James R. Strickland, aka Ryan Strickland of New York State; case is still active (CoD3 Xbox 360). Read the Strickland complaint.
It is unknown whether the copyright violations occurred in the course of file sharing, or whether there was some more complex mechanism afoot. Activision's court filings do not specify the manner in which their copyrights were violated, or how they came to learn of the violations.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.04 driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.04 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Realtek HD Audio Driver supports all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Support ALC887.
Download - click here.
NVIDIA layoffs - 360 jobs
A few days after HP announced massive layoffs, and even today similar news from Creative Labs who will be dismissing the majority of its employees across Europe as of the end of this month there's another company in rough weather.
NVIDIA issued a press-released with unfortunately bad news for a change. Earlier this afternoon we where informed that NVIDIA will have to layoff roughly 6.5 % of their global workforce. As you guys know, NVIDIA has been on a roller-coaster ride for the past eight years or so. They grew rapidly and very extreme. Their workforce in that time expanded to (to date) over 5000 employees. The job cuts are going to be across the board, not targeted at any specific group. Whispers also say that this is because the chip maker is going to badly miss numbers this quarter, it makes sense it is taking preemptive moves to get costs under control.
Lately NVIDIA has been a cascading set of problems related to bad mobile GPU parts and declining sales as AMD ATI has been steadily on a roll the last quarter of 2008 with their Radeon HD 4600/4800 products.
We receive a quote from Jen-Shun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA in the situation at hand: