COM-BAT makes a robotic surveillance wonder
Rambus files complaint against NVIDIA with ITC
The NVIDIA products in question include graphics processors as well as media and communications processors that use DDR (double data rate) memory controllers, including the GDDR3 memory it uses for newer graphics cards. Not only will NVIDIA's named standalone products be affected, but also system manufacturers who built their PCs with the parts already installed, including ASUS, BFG Technologies, Biostar Microtech, Diablotek, MSI, Palit Multimedia, Pine Technology and Sparkle Computer.
Rambus VP and general counsel Tom Lavelle went on the record to say the move is 'necessary' to protect shareholders and in fairness to paying licensees. The ITC is expected to rule on the necessity of an investigation within 30 days.
Mirror's Edge Launch Trailer
Gameplayer has gone live with the world's first review the game that looks to mix parkour inspired gameplay with a true first-person perspective. According to this review they've had mixed results, with the game receiving an 8/10.
Microsoft Windows 7 Released mid 2009
Microsoft's Windows 7 was looking good running on an ASUS laptop (with bamboo paneling) at WinHEC. The OS is set to ship in mid 2009, much earlier than expected. (Source: Ina Fried/CNET News)Windows 7 is set to drop mid-year 2009, says Microsoft
At Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), an important yearly event for the tech giant, new hardware details on the upcoming Windows 7 weren't the only revelation that Microsoft had in store. Perhaps the most significant development of the conference came as a minor clarification -- Microsoft set a solid timeframe for when it plans to release Windows 7, barring unforeseen problems.
Originally, speculation was that Microsoft might field a Windows Vista successor in 2011 or 2012 as there was over 5 years between the release of Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, with less than glowing reception of Vista, largely due to poor hardware partner support and a large footprint, Microsoft stepped up its efforts to launch its new Windows OS, which would set right the places where Vista went wrong.
Early this year, 2010 was what some Microsoft executives were saying to expect for a release date. However, as the year progressed, Microsoft's top executives became increasingly optimistic that the OS could be delivered in late 2009. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first floated the possibility of a 2009 release earlier this year. Microsoft director Doug Howe showed slides in a WinHEC presentation that all but confirmed a 2009 release -- and even earlier than expected. His slides stated that Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 mid-year, in time to be included on the machines to be sold during the holiday buying season. Mr. Howe stated, "Definitely the holiday focus is going to be on 7" [via dailytech].
PowerColor Radeon HD 4870 with Water Cooling Solution from EK
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces a brand new graphics card for overclockers
OCZ Solid Series SSDs introduced
OCZ has just announced their latest solid state offerings and they definitely feature high quality on a budget. The OCZ Solid Series SSDs are intended for use in current notebook models and while not recommended for pre-2007 laptops, they do sport a 2.5-inch sizing and use the SATA II interface.
Available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB models, if you
Samsung 23-inch LCD 2048 x 1152 resolution
You know, in every family their is this one kid that is a little strange ? That thesis you can apply to a new monitor from Samsung. Samsung presented its new 23" 2342BWX LCD display in South-Korea.
The panel features a 16:9 aspect ratio and the special thing about it is that is uses a 2048 x 1152 pixel (QWXGA) resolution, giving you enough screen estate to view two A4 pages and the Vista Sidebar on your display.
We think Samsung's intention here is to crush the needs for many to purchase 2 screens for a dual screen setup and by doing this, also saving both money and space for small and big corporations.
Price of this screen is expected to be around 230 Euros.
Creative Open-Source Their X-Fi Driver
The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card driver for Linux from Creative Labs was awful. That's simply the nicest way to put it. The driver was home to many bugs, initially only supported 64-bit Linux, and it was arriving extremely late. The open-source drivers supporting the Creative X-Fi drivers have also been at a stand still.
However, Creative Labs today has finally turned this situation around and they have open-sourced the code to this notorious driver. The source-code for the Creative X-Fi driver is now licensed under the GNU GPLv2.
Back in June of 2006, Creative Labs has shared they were working on X-Fi Linux support and expected to release the driver for it in the second quarter of 2007. While it was almost a year out at that time, Creative promised full ALSA support and OpenAL 1.1 support with EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions). In May of 2007, Creative Labs then admitted they duped Linux for Microsoft Vista. Rewriting their Windows drivers to support the Microsoft Vista operating system had taken more time and resources than expected, so they had postponed their Linux work as a result [via Phoronix].
WPA protocol cracked in 15 minutes says researcher
Yeah, guys this is pretty much why you should have a MAC based protection enabled in wireless routers. Not fool-proof either, but very save.
Security researchers claims they have refined an existing WPA crack, making it more efficient that earlier reports. Cryptographic expert Erik Tews will appear at PacSec security conference in Tokyo next week with his presentation, "Gone in 900 seconds: Some Crypto issues with WPA." There, Tews is expected to show off his discoveries in TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) cracking, that allow WPA to be broken in a brief 12-15 minute window.
TKIP itself is not really crackable, since it is a Per-Packet Key, but once it is initialized, the Pairwise Master Key (PMK) can be obtained. From there, the conventional method of breaking in involved a brute force dictionary attack, or a long process of elimination by trying millions of options.
Tews and his partner Martin Beck have discovered a "mathematical breakthrough" that allows the WPA encryption to be cracked dramatically faster. Some of the tools Tews and Beck used are rumored to have been already included in Aircrack-ng WEP/WPA PSK cracking tool. However, the encryption keys from PC to Router have not been cracked in this attack.
So that's the cyber equivalent of Gone in
60 seconds 15 minutes ... I guess.
Trailer: Call of Duty: World at War Launch
Fallout 3 Ships 4.7 Million
Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, announced that its hit title, Fallout 3 has enjoyed record sales at launch, reflecting the huge consumer demand for the game. Approximately 4.7 million units of Fallout 3 were shipped worldwide last week for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows representing retail sales in excess of $300 million.
Released on October 28 in North America at midnight store openings in over 2,000 retail outlets nationwide jammed with fans eager to get the game, Fallout 3 quickly became one of the industry's top sellers around the world. For example, in the United Kingdom where it was not released until Friday, October 31 the rapid sales of Fallout 3 have led the game to be ranked number one among all video games, as well as being the number one game on each of its three platforms.
Pakistan death penalty for cyber terrorism
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Causing death through "cyber terrorism" will be punishable by death in Pakistan, according to a decree issued by President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday.
The Prevention of Electronic Crimes law will be applicable to anyone who commits a crime detrimental to national security through the use of a computer or any other electronic device, the government said in the ordinance.
"Whoever commits the offence of cyber terrorism and causes death of any person shall be punishable with death or imprisonment for life," according to a copy of the ordinance, published by the state-run APP news agency.
The law will apply to Pakistanis and foreigners whether living in Pakistan or abroad.
The ordinance described cyber terrorism as accessing of a computer network or electronic system by someone who then "knowingly engages in or attempts to engage in a terroristic act".
The ordinance listed several definitions of a "terroristic act" including stealing or copying, or attempting to steal or copy, classified information necessary to manufacture any form of chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.
Nuclear-armed Pakistan is a front-line state in the U.S.-led campaign against militancy and security forces are fighting al Qaeda and Taliban militants, most of whom are based in the northwest, near the Afghan border.
The ordinance also set out punishments for other offences including illegal electronic entry into systems of any sensitive installations, electronic fraud, electronic forgery, system damage, unauthorised access to codes and misuse of encryption.
Punishments for those crimes ranged from three to 10 years in prison.
Intel Core i7 release date 17 November
It actually has been a much discussed topic ever since Core i7 and X58 product reviews surfaced earlier this week. however Intel initially would not disclose the "official" release date of Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Extreme.
Intel sort of lifted the embargo and we can now officially let you know that the new processors will be launched at 17 November. But if you look around in some web shops, you might notice that some of them are selling already.
- Core i7 920 at 284 USD (mainstream)
- Core i7 940 at 562 USD (performance)
- Core i7 965 Extreme at 999 USD (enthusiast)
Check out our Core i7 review for a more in-depth look.
Philips unveils Aurea II LCD TV
Philips original range of Aurea TVs were nothing short of impressive when they were unveiled at the tail end of last year. Instead of just tweaking the picture inside the TV's frame, the company somehow made the frame become part of the picture, pushing its very own Ambilight technology to the maximum.
Now Philips has unveiled the second generation of its Aurea tellies, cunningly titled Aurea II.
Instead of giving its colourful flatscreens a complete overhaul, Philips has decided to add a few tweaks here and there.
These include: a slightly new design, with a thinner frame and curved corners. By all accounts, the frame (Active Frame to give it its official title) has been made even more impressive.
Its been reduced in size, giving the TVs a "slim-line silhouette" and has been made near transparent for, what Philips calls, "a better, seamless transition from the on-screen colours to the frame and on to the surrounding wall."
The latest version of the Perfect Pixel HD engine has been installed, which is capable of processing up to 500 million pixels per second, and there's a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1.
The Aurea II also has been given the accolade of being the "world's fastest LCD". To make the TV Usain Bolt-like, Philips has got its response rate down to just two milliseconds.
The 42-inch Philips Aurea II (its less impressive moniker is 42PFL9903D) is available from November for around 3000 EUR.
X3 Terran Conflict Rolling Demo Benchmark
Deep Silver and Egosoft have released a non-playable demo of X3: Terran Conflict, offering a look at the latest installment in EGOSOFT's space combat series. The demo also serves as a benchmark by which to measure your home computer's speed and performance.
The requirements for the first three sectors of space are moderate, while the fourth scene will challenge all PCs. At the end of the demo, the computer will output a statistical value depending on the benchmark performance.
Download: click here.
NVIDIA Launches Quadro FX 470 IGP and Quadro FX 370 LP
Honoring NVIDIA's commitment to tailor its Quadro professional line to the specific needs of the end user, the Quadro FX 470 and Quadro FX 370 LP GPU deliver high performance and flexibility at entry-level pricing for computer-aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) applications.
"In today's competitive global marketplace, engineers, traders, designers and power office users demand more functionality and reliability from their desktop computing solutions," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Services, NVIDIA. "The Quadro FX 470 and the Quadro FX 370 LP are precisely tested, certified and designed to maximize productivity and deliver the cost-effective, professional-quality solution these users require on a daily basis."
Increasing performance and reliability at a ground-breaking price, both systems are certified for key DCC and CAD applications from independent software vendors such as Autodesk and Adobe. Designed to fit seamlessly in a space-saving configuration, the Quadro FX 370 LP GPU has a MSRP at $149 USD and offers professional graphics performance with fanless cooling for a quieter work environment. The Quadro FX 470 GPU expands end customer access to professional graphics by enabling systems to achieve a price point under $700 USD.
"The Quadro FX 470 integrated chipset is a landmark achievement for professional graphics," said Tom Lin, general manager, Server Business Unit, AsusTek COMPUTER Inc. "By offering Quadro FX 470 graphics in our new ASUS TW100-E5 iQuadro workstation, we are giving our customers an entirely new way to get the performance advantages of a Quadro GPU at entry-level pricing. It's a powerful graphics option that we believe the CAD and design communities will eagerly embrace."
Delivering the quality and reliability that the market expects from NVIDIA Quadro solutions, the Quadro FX 470 motherboard GPU and Quadro FX 370 LP feature 128-bit precision graphics pipeline, 32-bit floating point precision, filtering and blending, advanced color compression and early z-culling for improved bandwidth and rendering efficiency, and full-scene antialiasing.
Core i7 related Guru3D articles overview
ASUS P6T DeLuxe review - X58 motherboard
So ASUS has sent us this early version of their X58 motherboards. Sexy looks, loads of features, heck this motherboard will support up to 24GB of DDR3-1333 memory, thanks to its six DIMM slots. It also has features like a Serial Attached SCSI controller to support higher-end SAS hard drives known from the server industry for power users who desire nothing but the best performance.
Next to that, it's just an amazing piece of machinery to look at. Nice black PCB, extravagant connectivity, SLI/ Crossfire compatible, passively cooled. And if you opt the P6T Deluxe OC Palm version, you'll even receive an external little LCD screen showing off the latest system info, widgets and overclocking tools at hand. Very cool.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
Intel X58 Extreme DX58SO motherboard
Intel DX58SO motherboard test. This review is going to cover the basics of Intel's X58 mainboard chipset. The key features of course bringing support to QPI, triple-channel memory and Socket 1366 thus Core i7 processors. the mainboard used is Intel's reference Extreme DX58SO motherboard.
Though this is the Intel reference motherboard that shows off some really impressive performance and features, it's also a motherboard full of compromises in design. Today we take a look at it and in the coming week or two, we'll look at the X58 chipset.
You can read the full review here.
Intel Core i7 920 and Core i7 965
Intel today launches their Core i7 products and x58 motherboard chipset, Core i7 as in their 7th architectural generation. A name that will catch on quickly and you'll get used to it just as quickly as well. No less then three processors are announced today in a good variety of pricing and Guru3D.com will take a look at two of them.
That in combo with triple channel memory and a scrumptious X58 mainboard chipset. We'll have several articles based on Core i7 products this week and oh man .. do these processors rock. It's definitely a very good step forward for that big company we all know as Intel.
Check out our full Guru3D.com review right here.
Intel Core i7 Multi-GPU SLI & Crossfire game performance
This Core i7 related article will cover Multi-GPU gaming, both ATI CrossfireX and NVIDIA SLI in combination for the all new Core i7 processors. We are not talking two GeForce 9600 GT's in SLI or a set of Radeon HD 4850 cards in Crossfire, no sir... we start in the high-end performance segment. Some examples of the cards we'll put in Crossfire or SLI are:
- Radeon HD 4870 CrossfireX
- Radeon HD 4870 X2
- Radeon HD 4870 X2 Crossfire X (QuadFire)
- GeForce 9800 GX2 SLI
- GeForce GTX 260 SLI
- GeForce GTX 280 SLI
- GeForce GTX 280 3-way SLI.
That's 2-way, 3-way, heck even 4-way GPU performance compared using Intel's fastest processor on the globe. Definitely check out this article folks. And be amazed.
Read this full Guru3D.com article right here.
Intel discontinuing several 45nm processors
Since the demand has moved to processors that offer higher performance, there is no need for these older processors. You will still be able to get these items until 2010, but they are already taking measures to phase them out. However, Turbo Memory items will be phased out by June of 2009. You can view all of the products being discontinued below.
Intel first released 45nm products earlier this year in January. Already they are phasing out both PGA and BGA versions of three 45nm products including:
- Q9450 (2.66 GHz 1333 MT/s, quad-core, 95 watt, LGA775, Yorkfield 45nm)
- E8200 (2.66 GHz 1333 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Wolfdale 45nm)
- E8190 (2.66 GHz 1333 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Wolfdale 45nm)
Mobile and desktop 65nm products being discontinued include:
- E6850 (3.00 GHz 1333 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Conroe 65nm)
- E6750 (2.66 GHz 1333 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Conroe 65nm)
- E6550 (2.33 GHz 1333 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Conroe 65nm)
- E6540 (2.33 GHz 1333 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Conroe 65nm)
- E4600 (2.40 GHz 800 MT/s, dual-core, 65 watt, LGA775, Allendale 65nm)
- T7400 (2.16 GHz 667 MT/s, mobile dual-core, 34 watt, Socket-M, Merom 65nm)
- Celeron-M 530 (1.73 GHz mobile, 533 MT/s, single-core, 30 watt, Socket-M, Merom-1024 65nm)