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Online video games are serious business, with millions playing games around the world. Usually the pwning occurs in the virtual world, but sometimes as in this case, the line gets blurred and it crosses into the real world.It all started when two clans - the Coo-clocks, made up of mostly students, and the so-called Platanium with more experienced gamers of over thirty - started fighting to wipe out each other on screen.   33-year-old Albert used to spend hours in front of his computer. On the web he had his own clan and a dozen of warriors. Just days before the New Year in a virtual battle his clan killed a member of the hostile Coo-clocks.  Days later the enemies agreed to meet... Read more...
After what happened to Think Secret, is "Fake Steve" now in trouble with Apple?  Nah.When I wrote about the closure of Think Secret, I wondered what the next rumor site that Big Brother, I mean Apple, would target was. I certainly didn’t think they would go after Fake Steve, or Daniel Lyons, and his “Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” satire blog. And honestly, I still don’t.I could be completely wrong, but if I’m right, and I think I am, Dec. 22 just became the new April 1.The story outlines the reasons in detail that this probably is fake news and not reality.  Number one, of course, is that the site is and has always been, satiric in nature.  Of course, we could be completely off-base. ... Read more...
The pre-MacWorld rumors are always some of the most interesting, but it looks like a few of the rumored products such as sub-notebook and 3G iPhone are virtually done-deals.  The 3G iPhone was actually leaked by AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson, so we're moving that one out the rumor file.  If that's not enough for you, here's more about the ultra-portable“...he has now heard from manufacturing partners in Asia that Apple is preparing to unveil a new, ultra portable laptop computer at the company's Macworld event next month in San Francisco.The blogs have speculated about this, but he says he now has hard evidence that the smallest laptop ever from Apple is only weeks away. He says the... Read more...
Only a few days after Valve's Gabe Newell dished on why Valve, makers of the Half-Life series, doesn't develop for OS X, it seems that Apple decided that they needed to make their position known as well.Bear in mind that Newell's general explanation revolved around Apple changing their support team rather frequently, and not seeming to have any continuity between the outgoing teams and the incomming teams.  The net result, Newell claims, is that every time Apple approaches Valve about gaming, they do it with a completely new (small) group of internal engineers/developers that seem to have no idea that a similar group met with Valve about year ago.  Those people from approximately a... Read more...
MTV has decided to shut down its URGE service, while joining RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless together in a joint venture, centered around RealNetworks' Rhapsody.  URGE users will be able to migrate their accounts from URGE to Rhapsody. As part of this alliance, MTV Networks and Real are forming a new company, Rhapsody America, whose offering will be the exclusive digital music service for Real and for MTV Networks' premier music and pop culture brands in the United States. Real and MTV Networks, through their Rhapsody America venture, have formed a long-term, groundbreaking and exclusive relationship with Verizon Wireless, in which the companies will be partners... Read more...
AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance Optimization for Software Applications -- AMD “Light-Weight Profiling” is the first specification under AMD’s Hardware Extensions for Software Parallelism initiative; targeted to helping developers fully leverage the benefits of multi-core processing -- SUNNYVALE, Calif -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today made available a new specification describing “Light-Weight Profiling” (LWP), a technology designed to increase the performance of software applications by providing a mechanism that allows software to more effectively leverage the benefits... Read more...
There has been much concern over the security and privacy of social networking sites.  Much of the flak has been directed at the sites themselves.  But a study run by security company Sophos showed, once again, that the real security hole, lies in users.By creating a  fake ID around a green frog name "Freddi Staur" (which is an anagram of ID Fraudster), and inviting 200 real users to be its friend, Sophos showed just how easy it is to get private info. Without any "hacking" whatsoever, the tub toy managed to acquire a treasure trove of personal data. About 73 people were willing to post their birthday, while others willingly included places of birth, employers' names and addresses,... Read more...
It seems that nowadays more and more people are opting for the HD experience so that they can enjoy breathtaking color and detail. However, a technology different from HD known as high-dynamic range (HDR) could soon be its successor. Although high-definition (HD) offers more pixels, HDR delivers more contrast - the key to more realistic picture – such that “the brightest whites are hundreds of thousands of times brighter than the darkest blacks.” “‘A regular image just looks like a depiction of a scene,’ says Roland Fleming, a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in Tübingin, Germany. ‘But high-dynamic range looks like looking through a window.’” Traditional... Read more...
If you’re in the market for a new PSU, and the warranty is figuring heavily into your decision making process, then you might want to reconsider the Cooler Master Real Power and Real Power M series. “As part of our total commitment to quality, Cooler Master is pleased to announce that we will be extending the warranty period of our Real Power and Real Power M series power supply units to a period of five years. With this newly extended warranty, Cooler Master users can purchase Real Power and Real Power M PSUs with even greater confidence.” It's nice to see hardware manufacturers displaying their faith in their own products by increasing their warranties.Regardless of which PSU you choose,... Read more...
The Church of England is up in arms after discovering that Manchester Cathedral made its video game début in "Resistance: Fall of man," a title which the church claims promotes gun violence. The game in one particular level sends the player through Manchester Cathedral to continue his adventure of slagging aliens and saving the world. The Church of England has been battling rising gun violence in Manchester and as a result, sees Sony's inclusion of the cathedral in a violent videogame as directly undermining the church's efforts.  The Church is not only requesting that the level be modified or completely removed from the game, but that Sony also make a donation to the church to help aid its battle... Read more...
We hardware fanbois at HotHardware always keep a close eye on the horserace between Intel and AMD. But you know who's making real money in the chip world? Analog chipmakers: Research firm iSuppli forecasts a 10.1% jump in analog chip sales this year, to $47.5 billion. ISuppli analyst Gary Grandbois says that analog sales growth will start to slow later this year, and then slow to 9% growth in 2008 and to 4.9% in 2009, before rebounding in 2010. He says the slowdown is part of the usual chip cycle. That's not the case now for many analog firms. Analog Devices, for one, has been on the fast-growth track lately. Nintendo chose one of its chips for its new Wii game console... Read more...
Matsushita announced today that they'll soon be selling 42-inch plasma TVs with high definition screens. You can already buy plasma hi-def screens that are larger than 50 inches, but this signals that plasma makers are trying to compete with LCD in the smaller, more affordable ranges of hi-def sets.   Matsushita hopes to challenge liquid crystal display TV makers by providing a better lineup of full high definition models, which can produce images with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. Matsushita is the world's largest plasma TV maker and competes with Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sharp Corp. in the $84 billion flat TV market. April 27 in Japan, internationally soon... Read more...
The amount of information available to the consumer has exploded with the advent of the internet. Think of your attention span as capital. The coming battle is going to be to among content providers to always place exactly the appropriate content right in front of you. Read/WriteWeb explores this fantastic world we're moving into, where the pixel producers endlessly smooch the bums of the consumer. Otherwise, you're gone.  It is important to realize that the key ingredient in the attention game is relevancy. As long as a consumer sees relevant content, he/she is going to stick around - and that creates more opportunities to sell. Literally, the longer a user stays on a... Read more...
Intel recently announced its intentions to develop a CPU containing 80 cores, but Mike Magee over at The Inquirer explains why he thinks more cores may not be better. The main point of his argument is that hardware can only truly be effective if software can take advantage of it's full capabilities. With that said, what good is an 80 core CPU without software that can utilize that much processing power? Only time will tell whether software will be developed to take advantage of Intel's proposed 80 core CPUs. Perhaps CPUs with as many as 80 cores really are the future of micro-processing, but then again perhaps we are just witnessing another publicity bombshell in the... 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...
Epic's Unreal Tournament 2007 is getting a name change, so say hello to Unreal Tournament 3. Creative, eh? More important though, is you can now expect to see it on Microsoft's XBOX 360, which joins the Playstation 3 and PC as its chosen formats. Unreal Tournament 3 is expected to be out in the 2nd half of 2007. "The new game comprises a vast number of changes from increased aggressiveness and intelligence in the AI to better, more ridiculously powerful weapons to new characters, game modes, and online improvements. New weapons are highlighted by the long-range Shock Rifle and the shorter range Flack Cannon, and more than two... Read more...
[H] has an article on-line today that pits AMD and Intel CPUs head-to-head. With NVIDIA's 8800 series GPU supplying a big jump in performance over the last generation of video cards, they revisit just what these CPUs do for you while gaming. Is one truly better? "With today's fastest video cards, we certainly saw more differences between our AMD and Intel processors than we did at the launch of the Core 2 Duo, and certainly more differences than we saw in March of last year. Undoubtedly, the Core 2 Duo allowed us a better gaming experience overall. Also we saw some examples where we were again GPU bottlenecked in games even with these massively fast BFGTech 8800 GTX cards." You can see their... Read more...
Multicore chips are a kind of cheating as far as Moore's Law goes. You're bringing a gang to the fight for faster processors. The battle to store the information those chips handle is where a lot of the action is now. Wired took a tour at Seagate's R and D labs, and they're talking about terabits per inch now: Their current solution to this problem is recording data perpendicular to the plane of the media. This technology, however, is expected to peak out at about 1 terabit per square inch. In the next decade, Seagate plans to hit the market with twin technologies that could fly far beyond, ultimately offering as much as 50 terabits per square inch. On a standard 3.5-inch drive,... 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...
Mark Cuban's kind of an interesting jerk. Let's give him his props: the man can do real world arithmetic. And he did some to test the viability of a business model that Microsoft and/or Google could use to make the the iTunes business model as dead as disco: There has been speculation that Google is offering 100mm dollar or more licensing opportunities to TV Networks. Thats 100mm in cash for SEGMENTS of shows. Not full shows. Not full movies. Clips. There has also been speculation that GOogle offered stock in exchange for licenses at the time of the Youtube transaction. If true, and I believe they are, these actions in the user generated video space defines that I think will come to be... Read more...
The problem with machine vision is that the cameras are two-dimensional recorders of three-dimensional scenes. Objects in an image may be obscured by lighting, occluded by obstacles or camouflaged by similar colors in the background. Sophisticated software can sometimes piece together objects from subtle cues, such as when two camera positions are used to reveal parallax. But such algorithms take time to run, making them inappropriate for real-time applications, like automobile collision avoidance. Now one company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level hardware to reveal the distance to any object in any scene, regardless of lighting, occlusion or... Read more...
Jacqui Cheng over at ars technica examines the latest results from the sixth-annual report of the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. It tracks changes in Internet usage and attitudes about that usage in the United States. And it says that the internet is allowing people to make new friends while keeping in touch with your existing peeps. What might be a surprise, though, is that all of this online interaction is apparently not detracting from interaction with close friends and family offline. While 37.7 percent of respondents said that the Internet helps them communicate more with family and friends,... Read more...
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