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Albatron’s Blue Ray Decoder Card brings HighDef Video and Windows Vista Performance Exciting low-profile VGA card with PureVideo HD reduces CPU utilization 60% during HD playback Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card” giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system. Blu-ray vs. DVD Video PlaybackBlu-ray Disk, otherwise known as... Read more...
There have been recent reports that the American Medical Association (AMA) will have an upcoming vote on the subject of video game addiction and whether or not it should be considered a formal mental disorder. If the vote favors the notion that video game addiction is indeed a mental disorder, the AMA could recommend to the APA (American Psychiatric Association) that the disorder goes into the books. For your information, the APA is the organization that compiles the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders) and is probably the highest authority in deciding what is normal and what is a mental disorder. "If the science warrants it, this proposed disorder will be considered for... Read more...
When you think about it from a fundamental perspective, money is worthless. It’s a paradoxical statement, but money is simply paper/fibers with dead people printed on it. The only reason we value money is because we trust the government. So why not get rid of money altogether? Apparently that’s what they’re trying to do in Japan, and with a great deal of success. NTT DoCoMo Inc.’s Osaifu-Keitai service, which literally translates into “wallet-mobile phone,” has become massively popular in Japan in less than three years. The Osaifu-Keitai interface allows subscribers to use their phones to pay for various products and services in Japan, including convenience stores and Tokyo’s huge convoy of taxis.... Read more...
Apparently, a new licensing agreement is being finalized that could make it legal for consumers who have already purchased a HD DVD or Blu-Ray disc to make a bakcup copy... "Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they’ve purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM (digital rights management) technologies are too restrictive. The agreement, if supported by movie studios and film companies, could allow a consumer to make a backup copy in case their original disc is damaged and another copy for their home media server, said Michael Ayers, a representative of... Read more...
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Sets New Performance Record In 3DMARK05 Benchmark - Enthusiast Marcus Hultin at NordicHardware.combreaks 30,000 points with Futuremark 3DMark05benchmark using the ATI RadeonTM HD 2900 XT - Sunnyvale, Calif. - May. 23, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that enthusiast Marcus Hultin (alias Kinc) of NordicHardware.com used the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT GPU to successfully set a new single card record in Futuremark 3DMark05, with a score of 30,092.  Hultin’s system was operating an ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT tuned to 1144 MHz engine clock and 999 MHz memory clock at a temperature below freezing.  This leaves the previous top 3DMark05... Read more...
— Premier power supply vendors offering 110 new products certified for use with the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT — Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 -- The much anticipated ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate HD experience. Coolmax, Corsair, Enermax, Enhance, FSP, Hiper, Mushkin, OCZ, PC Power & Cooling... Read more...
Are advances in camera phone picture quality and data transfer going to make digital cameras redundant for most people soon? "With camera phones and their flashes becoming increasingly powerful the phone makers have realised they have to migrate functions such as red-eye reduction onto their phones," Zarakov told ENN. "The volumes are huge. Compare around 80 million or 90 million digital cameras sold in 2006 to 500 million camera phones." The firm, which specialises in communications technology for the digital camera industry, claims its new MTP-IP connectivity solution (Media Transfer Protocol-Internet Protocol) is 10 times faster than existing Bluetooth technology, and can transfer a 3 megapixel... Read more...
AMD Recognized Among Leading Corporate Citizens - AMD Included on CRO Magazine's Corporate Responsibility List and the Global 100 - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its No. 2 ranking on the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2007 by CRO magazine. The "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list identifies companies that excel at combining strong financial performance with responsible practices on environmental and social issues. This is the second consecutive year AMD has been recognized in the top five on the list for its corporate and social responsibility practices. AMD was also recently included in The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.... Read more...
We've all heard of bits and bytes.  Ever hear of a qubit?  So it goes like this.  Bits, as we traditionally know them, are either in a 1 or 0 state.  Right, well, a qubit exists in a quantum state. So for example, it can be either 1 or 0 or both or somewhere in between.  This is the crux of quantum computing.  Sufficiently confused?  What if we told you a quantum computer or a system built with a quantum computing 16 qubit engine could carry out 64,000 calculations simultaneously in parallel universes?  Oh and a machine built with a hundreds of qubits processing engine could calculate more operations than there are atoms in the universe...... Read more...
In a interesting twist, a New York boy accused by the Record Industry for being a 'pirate' is fighting back. Claiming he was downloading songs that he already owned on CD and that his accusers have no real way of proving he illegally downloaded, the now man and his attorney are demanding a trial by jury intended to seek among other things compensation for damage to his reputation, distracting him from school, and his family's legal fees. A New York teen, dubbed a pirate by the Record Industry, is counter suing them for defamation, violating anti-trust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats. In papers responding to a lawsuit filed... Read more...
What would a World Economic Forum in Switzerland be without a discussion of Google paying video uploaders for videos of people doing interesting, humorous, or Darwin-tempting things? Smoke belching factories are so twentieth century. ... analyst Josh Bernoff suspects that YouTube could launch a channel filled with advertiser-friendly videos that have been screened by both audio-fingerprinting technology and Google employees for objectionable or copyrighted content. Advertising revenue could then be shared between Google and the producers whose videos generate significant attention on the channel. "This might be filled with content that is safe... Read more...
[H] has asked the question, "Two years ago, NVIDIA announced its MXM socketed initiative for the GPU mobile market. This new technology would allow for a modular GPU slot in all laptops, thus making servicing and upgrades much easier. Two years later, still nothing. Why?" "As lofty as the expectations of the MXM technology are, for the most part the hands of the integrators and the customers have first and foremost been tied by the ODMs who designed the cards, logic boards, and enclosures. In an effort to create more attractive, more innovative designs and system builds, they've taken the reigns away from NVIDIA. We found the contradicting statements between NVIDIA, who remains optimistic... Read more...
Phishing scams are all the rage these days. And as the scammers get more sophisticated, it's not just noobs who get their info and their money stolen. E*Bay's subsidiary PayPal is preparing to offer a key fob for its users to make stealing your info only half the battle. PayPal's use of key fobs represents what is called two-factor authentication, a login system in which an additional form of device-oriented verification is used in addition to a conventional password. Two-factor authentication is advantageous because it prevents a user's account from being stolen when one of the two authentication forms is compromised.... Read more...
  Force Recon QXN                                                                  Force Recon QX4 Vigor Gaming Announces Release of Force Recon QXN Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-based Gaming System at CES LAS VEGAS, NV - Vigor Gaming Computer, a developer of custom gaming rigs and high end peripherals, today announced the release of Force Recon QXN system, an Intel Core 2... Read more...
Avis is teaming up with Autonet Mobile to offer a WiFi hotspot that serves the rental car, and about a hundred foot radius around it. Autonet Mobile's In-Car Router is about the size of a laptop and draws power from the car's cigarette lighter outlet. The hardware itself is a bridge for a cellular provider's 3G network (Avis will likely have contracts with 3G providers around the country), acting as a WiFi gateway for those connected to it. Other 3G-WiFi bridges are already available from the likes of Linksys and Kyocera, but this appears to be the first targeted exclusively at vehicles. Business travelers will have one fewer excuse to offer about why they didn't see the e-mail.... Read more...
Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a good weekend so far.  I was gearing up for some benchmarking and writing, and thought I'd poke around the web for something fun before getting down to business.  I stumbled across a couple of videos at YouTube that I just had to share. I'm probably showing my age a bit, but I don't care!  I've always been a proud geek; not about to get shy now. :) Anyway, how many of you remember BitBoys Oy? They were working on the "Glaze3D" 3D accelerator which never materialized back in the days when 3dfx was on top. And more recently were acquired by ATI for their expertise in mobile graphics. Well, some of... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Sony's latest Playstation 3 game console is experiencing a fair amount of issues ranging from overheating to a lack of proper resolution scaling. Although some users are having trouble in terms of the unit being properly cooled and in some cases even having the unit turn on, the largest problem appears to be a lack of the console being able to upscale 720p games up to 1080i. Those gaming with an HDTV which supports 1080i and not 720p will be forced to watch their games at a mere 480p until Sony can provide a solution. Fortunately, Sony does have a solution for the lack of systems in the retail channel as a second batch of Playstation 3 consoles will be hitting stores... Read more...
Silicon -- the archetypal semiconductor -- has at long last been shown to demonstrate superconductivity. By substituting 9% of the silicon atoms with boron atoms, Physicists in France have found that the resistance of the material drops sharply when cooled below 0.35 K (Nature 444 465). Read more here...... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that widescreen notebooks have reached an impressive 79% of total market share for mobile systems. North America has fallen in love with wide-aspect notebooks as the market share for that region is an overwhelming 85%. In stark contrast however is the market in Japan where the traditional 4:3 aspect screens still hold a strong 48% of the market share. With notebooks being much more capable in terms of multimedia applications, it is not surprising to see that the widescreen LCD is gaining more and more traction though there will always be a home for the standard 4:3 aspect LCD with thin and light systems. "Differences in the penetration of wide aspect ratio notebooks for... Read more...
DALLAS and BEIJING, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During a summit of wireless industry leaders held today in Beijing, China, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) announced a new OMAP-Vox(TM) single-chip solution to foster development of lower-cost multimedia-rich feature phones. Codenamed "eCosto," the new single-chip platform is leveraging TI's innovative DRP(TM) technology which is successful with the "LoCosto" value platform in volume production today. The "eCosto" platform also leverages the multimedia capabilities of the OMAP-Vox platform in volume production today with the OMAPV1030 solution. The first product in the new "eCosto"... Read more...
This one might bring a whole new meaning to one of my favorite discs of all time, Jimi Hendrix's "Smash Hits"... "Information on the glass CD is read by laser. Because existing plastic CDs are not completely transparent, information on them cannot be read perfectly. They are also susceptible to bending or warping if left in sunlight or humid areas, which leads to sound distortion. As glass CDs are completely transparent, information on them can be read perfectly, improving sound quality. They are not affected by heat or humidity and remain in perfect condition forever." Yeah, except when my 6 year-old decides she's going to play frisbee with that sucker.  Then it's... Read more...
The foreign website PC Watch has posted some interesting shots of Intel's upcoming second generation UMPC design for your viewing pleasure. Although the text will require the use of your favorite online translator, the pictures and slides referenced in the article are universal. Overall, the reference platforms appear to be much more robust in terms of functionality. From the looks of things a Treo, a notebook, and a tablet PC spent some quality time together and are proud to announce the birth of their mutant-baby the 2nd gen UMPC. All kidding aside, the platform looks exceptional and can be expected sometime around mid-2007.... Read more...
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