Saturday, April 30, 2011

SLI allows Nvidia chipset motherboards AMD

License the use of Nvidia SLI technology on AMD chipset motherboards from the next generation 9 series of AMD. This move by Nvidia may be the end of the division of the company's chipsets. As it did with Intel (although for different reasons), Nvidia SLI will use motherboards with no Nvidia chipset, in this case AMD.

This decision will affect the upcoming chipsets from AMD, as the number 9 (990FX, 990x and 970). Although Nvidia specified explicitly in Asus, Gigabyte and MSI Asrock, more manufacturers will get SLI license soon. This is great news for gamers and overclockers, since they can choose between Intel or AMD systems without having to renounce their SLI configuration.

LA Noire: Hit-candidate appears uncut

Rockstar Games announces an event rare: "LA Noire" appears in this country uncensored with a rating of 16 years. That alone is nothing special. The fact that the Entertainment Software Program (PSP) undercuts the ex-18-years-classification of Pegi, however, makes itself heard. The opinions of Pegi are relevant for many countries and in comparison to the age classifications in Germany usually milder.

OCZ Technology Announces SSD IOPS Max Vertex 3

Vertex's product line 3 of OCZ has added a new model of SSD with SATA interface connection indicated by the name Vertex 3 3 Max IOPS edition which aims to provide better performance in terms of transactions per second. "Following the successful launch of Our 3 Vertex III 6Gbps SATA solid state drives we are pleased to introduce the new Max IOPS edition, "said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group.

Friday, April 29, 2011

A barebones all-in-one from Gigabyte

The manufacturer Gigabyte has unveiled its GB-AEBN, a barebones all-in-One based on a platform LGA 1155. Fully modular concept allows you to associate a motherboard in Mini-ITX in a slim optical drive and a SATA hard drive conventional 3.5-inch format. The size of the LCD has however not been disclosed.

H61 carrying a chipset, the motherboard comes with the GB-AEBN supports Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 displaying a TDP less or equal to 65W. It has two SO-DIMM slots DDR3-1333, Gigabit Ethernet controllers and audio ports, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0. Two built-in speakers 3W are also available, along with a memory card reader.

After merger: Job cuts at Panasonic

Already on 1 April 2011, integration was the "Panasonic Electric Works" and "Sanyo Electric, the parent company. The current workforce of 366 937 would reduce the company's management claims to now over the next two years by about 17,000 jobs. The actual number of those affected continues to fall well short of expectations: Preliminary said the Japanese business daily Nikkei in a report even saved 40,000 jobs.

Need for Speed - The Run: New series announced spin-off!

Publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has announced "Need for Speed - The Run for 18 November 2011. The latest offshoot of the traditional racing game series takes the seemingly modeled: the first shows scenes from an illegal street race that leads across the United States. Locations include San Francisco, Denver and New York.

The dangerous driving on public roads like the pixel police did not, of course. This suggests that chases the "style" hope.

Fans homes for FS-200 LED (200mm) from NZXT

The NZXT California has expanded the range of homes to low-noise fans, FS-series, three models with a diameter of 200mm with LED lighting. Available in green, blue or red LED fans, FS-200 using a frameless design with 11 blades shaped. The rotation speed is 700 rpm (+ / - 200 rpm) for a maximum noise level of 20.16dBA with an airflow of 89.5 CFM.

In the pack there is an on-off switch for LED and a splitter compatible with the case NZXT Phantom. The fans FS-200 LED will be available from mid-May with a price (stated in U.S. dollars) amounted to $ 18 and 2-year warranty.

ASRock unveils new motherboards based on Intel Z68

As we know Intel is working on the Z68 chipset which will bring significant improvements to its platform for the new CPU and Sandy Bridge will come on the market towards the end of the second quarter of 2011. In particular, the Z68 chipset supports both the guaranteed overclocking feature from the current P67 chipset, graphics core is integrated into the Core of the second generation of typical chipsety H67.

Android Video Acceleration 3.1

In smartphones and other tablets, hardware acceleration for decoding H.264 video is rarely available. If the software shipped with the OS typically use this function - available in most ARM SoC - the third-party software is often limited to software decoding. And ARM CPU is quite slow in this type of use, especially if the SIMD "NEON" are not available.

Fortunately for NVIDIA Tegra and 2 (which is not compatible NEON), it should change. Indeed, the latest version of Flash 10.2, the indicates that hardware acceleration of video will be available with Android 3.1. In theory, it can decode 1080p video over a dedicated portion of the SoC, which avoids overloading the CPU and reduces consumption, although the difference is usually not huge.

Updated charts Tom's Hardware

As is regularly the case, we have to update some of our "charts" or comparative. The purpose of this section is to recall giving you access a nod to all the performance results of a maximum on different applications (optional). All major components are well represented. Today, it is the USB key categories, high-end graphics cards, SSD and NAS iSCSI host of new products such as the Sandisk Cruzer 4GB, Radeon HD 6990, the Crucial Intel P300 and the 320 or Thecus N4200Pro Synology and DS1010 + ...

Club 3D announces the first Radeon HD 6750 with passive cooling

Club 3D has announced the addition of the Radeon HD 6750 with passive cooling CoolStream Edition, based on Juniper LE chipset second generation. Club 3D has built a good reputation for quiet graphics cards, well chilled with its award-winning CollStream. This table is no exception, with speeds of 700Mhz on the GPU and 4600MHz memory, with an absolutely quiet heatsink based on heatpipe technology.

Combo: Slackware Ubuntu 4.11 + 13.37

That is, the final version of Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty The Narwhal) is finally available for download. This new version brings of course a lot of new, one of the most visible is probably the default choice of Unity as a graphical interface instead of Gnome-Panel. Gnome 2.32 remains the default desktop environment.

The kernel passes on his side in version 2.6.38, while the X server org Mesa 1.10 with 7.10 improves support for Radeon and adds support for GPU integrated into Intel's Sandy Bridge. Ubuntu 4.11 finally marks the end of the Netbook Edition (x86/x64), the features of this edition is now integrated into the Desktop edition.

The bad idea of the day: a touch screen keyboard as

Minebea Leaf Cool Keyboard is a USB keyboard composed only of a great tactile surface that can act as a mirror when turned off. A lack of functionality and design errors make the wrong idea of the day. One could almost imagine that this could replace the keyboard Optimus Maximus keyboard with OLED keys (see "The Optimus Maximus keyboard finally come true!").

Art Lebedev's model is far from comfortable, but offers a level of personalization impressive. The problem is that Minebea Leaf Cool Keyboard is not customizable. The user only has the English keyboards, German French and Italian. Curiously, it will first be marketed in Japan for over 150 €.

Lifespan of SSD: one loses capacity (9)

Continuing with our SSD. Since December, we write loop on an SSD-based controller Indilinx checking it for wear using the information reported by SMART. Last week, just after the cell the more worn - without elaborating - spent 10 000 cycles (about 10 500 at that time), we restarted the computer test and we realized that errors occurred on the DSS.

This week, after a few more tests, we found that decreased its ability. The reason is quite simple: after writing each day - about 5 TB per day - we conducted an audit of the device with the Windows tool. And every time we got errors on the SSD. This morning, for example, the utility audit has found 31 168 bad clusters.

The stock prices of SSD: RAM SATA 6 Gbit / s

In our new point on the price of SSDs, we changed our entire product range. We decided to restrict the products to a single capacity: 120 GB (or 128 GB depending on the brand). The reason is simple: it is sufficient capacity for many people and the average price is correct. This type of DSS is perfect for a mid-range machine.

Models of 256 GB and more are still too expensive for most buyers and SSD of 64 GB and less limited interest in technology allowing only install the OS and some programs. Moreover, they distort the comparison, with a higher price per GB because of the unavoidable costs (controller, etc..).

TDJ: Patriot Viper II Sector 7, Intel 320

Our fellow Cowcotland recently released a test version of the Intel 320 with 300 GB SSD SATA II 2.5-inch format based on an Intel PC29AS21BA and shipping chips MLC NAND flash memory etched into 25 nm. With a cache of 64 MB, SSD displays on paper performance of about 270 MB / s sequential read and 205 MB / s write.

What happens in practice? For his part, Brother 59 Hardware has just launched an online memory test Viper II Sector 7 Patriot's manufacturer. For the occasion, it's a 6 GB kit (3 x 2 GB) DDR3-1800 (9-9-9-27 at 1.65 V), which fell into the hands of our colleagues ...

The sales of Windows 7 is down

Microsoft has released its financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2011 and speaks of an increase in its turnover by 13% compared to last year. With a profit of 5.23 billion (approx. EUR 3.53 billion) or + 31% and an income of 16.43 billion (approx. EUR 11 billion), the firm is doing well and these results exceeded analysts' expectations.

These figures were mainly driven up by strong sales of Office 2010 and Microsoft Business Division grew 21%. It also highlights the great result of Entertainment Division of the firm which deals, inter alia, consoles, and has earned 60% more than in 2010 thanks to the Xbox 360 and KINECTS.

Tom's Guide: 7 myths about the future of AFN

Our colleagues and neighbors at Tom's Hardware just published a feature on the future of photography, via 7 ideas. The future of the hybrid mode of the arrival of Android in the NPC through the rise of smartphones, learn a few tracks that could take digital photography.

Lenovo: a 14 "Sandy Bridge for pros

The manufacturer Lenovo has announced the launch of the Essential B470, laptop 14 inches (1366 x 768 pixels) based on a platform Huron River (Sandy Bridge Mobile) and for the market of small and medium enterprises. Boasting a weight of 2.2 kg on a balance, therefore B470 embeds a Core i3-2310M 2.1 GHz (or i5-2410M 2.3 GHz), up to 8 GB of RAM, a maximum of 1TB of storage space and a GeForce accompanied 410M 1 GB (optional).

New support Dura Mount H7 and iPad iPad 2 of LUXA2

LUXA2 a good reflection of the continued expansion of the market for smartphones and tablets and therefore is pleased to announce the launch of their new accessory H7 Dura Mount, universal support for the car and iPad iPad 2. Maintaining the same quality as all other aluminum brackets LUXA2 iPad, the H7 incorporates a suction cup and an ultra strong security mechanism to release it easily, so as to ensure secure mounting on the windshield of the car, a table, or any other flat surface to enjoy the capabilities of IPAD without having to hold hands.

Patriot Launches SSD Torqx 2

The Patriot manufacturer has announced the launch of Torqx 2, two years after the release of the first version of Torqx. Still at 2.5-inches, this SSD is available in capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB as its predecessor, Torqx 2 has a 3 Gbps SATA interface. The NAND flash memory chips used are engraved in MLC 3x nm, and 128 MB of cache are present.

The embedded controller is not clearly indicated by Patriot, but we can reasonably assume that it is a model made by JMicron. Supporting the TRIM command, these SSDs show rates of the order of 270 MB / s sequential read and 230 MB / s write. MTBF reaches for his 1.5 million hours. Expected within the next few days, the Torqx 2 should be offered at a price of 419 euros in its 256 GB

AMD Radeon 5700 turns into 6700

After making a timid appearance on the Chinese site AMD few days ago, the Radeon HD 6750 and 6770 have finally been made official by the manufacturer. As we suspected, it is only known Radeon HD 5700, but with two small novelties: support for HDMI 1.4a and can decode the content Blu-ray 3D engine combined with UVD 2.2.

Technical side, no surprise to expect: found on the Radeon HD 6770 GPU features of 800 Juniper Stram Processors and 40 texture units, all of which are clocked at 850 MHz. The GB of GDDR5 memory operating on him at 1200 MHz on a 128-bit bus. For its part, the Radeon HD 6750 features a GPU clocked at 700 MHz with 720 SP and 36 texture units.

The screen lock is customizable Windows 8

The latest build of Windows 8 leaked on the Internet shows that it is possible to use his office as a screen lock. This detail confirms the desire for Microsoft to make its operating system more customizable with a look of Windows Phone approaching. The functionality is available on the build 6.2.7955.0 operating system (see "Windows 8 M2 is available for download).

If you downloaded a copy, just edit the file "C: \\ Windows \\ Resources \\ Themes Ease of Access \\ basic. theme "in a text editor such as Notepad and change the value of" SetLogonBackground "to make it go from 0 to 1. Then just restart the machine. According to information posted on forums, this feature will be available from a check box in Control Panel.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nintendo 3DS: Cautious launch

Since 26 February 2011 3DS Nintendo is on the market in Japan. Late March launched the pocket console to the world. How Satoru Iwata, president of the Japanese game manufacturer, on a 26 April 2011 announced that the launch has been worse than expected: "Since the second week are the sales of the 3DS below expectations - not only in Japan but also in the U.S. and Europe, where the earthquake had no direct impact." The reason this should include the problem that the added value of the 3D effect of the potential buyers could only give hard. Nintendo also had to explain to customers the new features of 3DS like better. Another reason for poor sales Iwata sees in recent games offer to 3DS.

The rebrand of the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 reaches the retail market

Unfortunately, as expected, AMD has not kept his word a few months ago and launched solutions Radeon HD 6770 and HD 6770 is also on the retail market. It simply notes Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750, architecture-based Juniper, renamed and updated with new firmware to support the unique 3D BluRay HDMI 1.4a.

Previously given only to the OEM market, these cards now calling on retail distribution channels at the hands of the main AIB partners of AMD. GalleriaE 'need the Flash Player and a browser with JavaScript support. E 'need the Flash Player and a browser with JavaScript support.

YouTube Founders buyDelicious bookmark service

So far belonged to the Internet company Yahoo. But driving a tough austerity in order to survive against great rival Google. This also speculation that austerity measures threatened to fall victim to Delicious, where users share their Internet bookmarks with one another. Financial details of the transaction is the buyers were silent.

Hurley and Chen had sold 2006, the video portal YouTube for startling 1.65 billion U.S. dollars to Google.

Sony enters the world of tablet 'for fun'

Sony also decided to enter the arena of the tablet with two solutions based on Google Android to be released later this year. The two Sony devices and Sony Tablet Tablet S1 and S2 are designed primarily for fun thinking through its compatibility with PlayStation games. Both devices are based on Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and use a new concept of chassis.

The S1 model, with 9.4-inch screen, uses an elongated teardrop form factor with the center of gravity moved upwards and the S2 model, with dual 5.5-inch screen, but has a rounded shape and resealable . From the standpoint of the hardware platform, Sony has used for the S1 platform Tegra 2 controller combined with a Wi-Fi and 3G/4G.

AMD Catalyst 4.11 Drivers Available

AMD has updated its Catalyst driver package with the version 4.11 with WHQL certification for video cards Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000, HD 5000 and HD 6000. We find the performance gains seen earlier on Catalyst 4.11 Preview 2 along with other optimizations for various 3D titles. The package also includes new features for the display control and management of configurations Eyefinity and complements the Catalyst update system that alerts the user of the availability of a new driver update.

SLI with AMD 990FX chipset, 990x and 970

Some sources have recently licensed its NVIDIA SLI technology in some motherboard manufacturers planning to launch models based on AM3 + 990FX Chipset, 990x or 970. In practice, this means that manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI or ASRock will now be able to produce AM3 motherboards and SLI + CrossFireX compatible.

Until recently, NVIDIA refused because AMD platforms to benefit from SLI, but that decision had no place to be, the manufacturer no longer producing chipsets itself for some time. AMD is therefore on an equal footing with Intel regarding multi-GPU platforms.

Kingston HyperX Plug and Play: High Performance Memory.

Kingston Introduces New RAM, high-performance HyperX called Plug and Play, will be available both for desktop and laptop. PnP HyperX modules are the first to reach the high fees that come with the second generation of Intel CPUs Core i5 and i7, these memory modules are programmed with faster frequencies, and when connected to a system that uses the chipset Sandy Bridge, go on automatically at 1600MHz or 1866MHz both desktops and laptops.

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Intel Chipset features 7 Series

Gradually, as time passes and the launch date of Intel processors Ivy Bridge approaches, week after week we discover details about the Series 7 chipsets that accompany those chips. USB 3.0, SATA III, PCI-Express 3.0 The Z77, Z75 and H77 and should handle up to three simultaneous video outputs (VGA, DVI, HDMI and / or DisplayPort) and support future Ivy Bridge but also the current Sandy Bridge.

iOS 5.0 in mop

While the controversy over iOS 4. x and its localization management is under way, Apple is testing visibly iOS 5.0. This system, which encrypts the data in question according to Apple - is expected at the same time as the next iPhone. The company generally has linked the release of an iPhone OS version 5.0 and should not depart from the rule.

For now, the beta is not available, but developers have been bug reports indicating iOS 5.0 as a system. We do not know the correct news, but we can expect one thing: the total abandonment of the iPhone 3G and iPod touch second generation. For now, iOS 4. x is still running on the models in question, even if version 4.3.

A MEMS harvest energy from our movement

Researchers at the University of Michigan say they have developed the first MEMS piezoelectric capable of generating ten times more energy than traditional systems. Specifically, a MEMS size of a U.S. cent would be enough to power an implanted medical device or wireless sensors on a car. The set has a volume of only 27 mm 3, but little harvest of 200 microwatts of energy from a vibration of 1.5 g.

Acer Z5763: an All-In-One Bridge and Sandy 3D

The Z5763 Acer should, unless last-minute surprises, make its appearance on European soil next month. This all-in-One includes a screen 23-inch Full HD compatible 3D platform and Sandy Bridge. We thus find a CPU-2400 i5, i5-i7-2600 or 2500s, depending on version, up to 16 GB of RAM, a GeForce GT 440 or GT435M up to 2 TB of storage space and a combo Blu -ray/DVD.

Controllers Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 are also available, along with a memory card reader, a 2 MP webcam and two integrated 5W speaker. A TV tuner is finally available as an option. Comes with Windows 7 Home Basic or Premium, or Linpus Linux, the Aspire Z5763 is expected at a rate of 999 pounds or 1125 euros.

TDJ: P67 Express, Corsair HS1A

Our fellow Cowcotland recently posted a review of HS1A Corsair, a headset that covers a spectrum from 20 to 20,000 Hz with its 50 mm speakers. The microphone cover for its spectrum ranging from 200 to 10000 Hz But what about comfort, sound quality or finish of the whole? For their part, our colleagues at the Counter of the Hardware just upload a file consisting of three tests P67 motherboards, namely P8P67 Deluxe, P67A and P67A-GD65-UD5.

Larsen Creek: SSD "cache Intel

Asrock, in which a PDF is no longer online, shows the function of "SSD cache" that will be offered with the Z68 Express. And obviously, Intel will offer a dedicated SSD, the "Larsen Creek, with a capacity of 20 GB The documentation talks about the technology" Intel Smart Response ", which allows coupling the SSD in question with a conventional hard disk.

According Asrock, PCMark 05 index increased from 6 149 to 28 009 and the starting time from 35.2 seconds to 28.36 seconds. It remains to see the price of SSD in question and whether a technology "integrated" like the Momentus XT is not faster. Note that the "Larsen Creek" is officially known as the Intel 311, which indicates a priori MSAT format.

Catalyst 11.4 are here

AMD has released Catalyst 11.4. Program, there are the usual bug fixes, performance enhancements, along with any changes in the GUI. We had already given a foretaste of changes in Catalyst Control Center in our current "AMD Catalyst 11.4: Overview of new products"). The manufacturer has also optimized its Vision Engine Control Center.

Regarding the performance in games, there is improvement from 8% to 20% in Call of Duty, Black Ops, Battleforge, Batman Arkham Asylum, Civilization 5, Far Cry 2 Just Cause 2 and Lost Planet 2 and others. Finally, among the bug fixes, it should be noted that the GPU only gets more performance mode when running Firefox 4, PowerDVD does not crash when Crossfire is enabled or disabled when playing a Blu- ray and the artifacts have disappeared under Heaven's DirectX 11 benchmark.

Happy birthday ... integrated circuit (50)

On April 25, 1961, the patent was filed in the integrated circuit. It was not the first time the integration of several transistors on the same chip was considered (Jack Kilby had patented systems of this type in 1958) but the patent of 1961 is the first to use silicon - still used Nowadays - as the basis for the integrated circuit.

The term "integrated circuit" is very broad, ranging from simple assembly of transistors of an amplifier to the billions of transistors on a modern processor. In the majority of integrated circuits, it still uses a common basis: a silicon wafer, whose size varies depending on the technologies, and interconnections with copper or aluminum between transistors.

Asus BW-12D1S-U: New Blue-Ray burner.

Asus presents its new Blu-Ray recorder BW-12D1S-U which is positioned as the fastest on the market, offering speeds up to 12x and features USB 3.0 technology. With the addition of this recorder to your offer, the firm Asus currently has the widest range of Blu-ray devices market, including internal and external recorders, combos and players with 3D support, all characterized by a speed unmatched and a very careful design.

Intel SSDs will be manufactured by Lite-On

Lite-On would have received an order to make Intel SSDs using a Marvell controller. That's what our colleagues at DigiTimes reports that explain that Lite-On should be responsible for assembling the Intel NAND chips and controller to produce a compatible SSD SATA 3 Gb / s. The firm had also received similar orders from Dell and Plextor.

If these reports are confirmed, this would mean that Intel would be preparing its next generation of SSD. One imagines that this is the range of chips using 20 nm (see "Intel announces flash memory in 20 nm).

Everything passes in touch, even the BIOS

The touch is in vogue, is a fact. And Gigabyte has understood this, showing a "Touch BIOS, usable with fingers on a touch screen. The firmware for PC is actually based on UEFI technology - which became the standard on newer motherboards - but naturally includes an emulator that BIOS for older operating systems like Windows XP running.

In fact, we are left with large colorful buttons, but the fundamentals of the interface does not change. It's basically a pretty interface recarrossage austere traditional BIOS. Still remember that the BIOS is not a graphic novel and it did not take RIL to offer something visually pleasing.

Elpida launches its 30 nm DRAM

Elpida said it will begin mass production of 30 nm DRAM etched next month. The firm had sent copies of the first test last December (see "The DDR3 SO-DIMM Elpida consumes less") and is now preparing for their marketing. She initially allocate 20% of its production to these new chips to increase to 30% next quarter.

It will initially produce modules of 2 Gb, then will move to 4 Gb DDR3 in three months. The firm says that this new fine engraving offers 45% higher yields at 40 nm and the diseases consume 20% less energy. Elpida will also appeal to Rexchip plants that will dedicate 50% of its production capacity for these new chips.

Chat with Intel to 16 H on Tom's Hardware

A few months ago, we permit you to ask your questions directly to representatives of Intel, via a chat. We reproduce this experience today with a live chat module Intel directly accessible from our homepage. You can then from 16 hours to ask all your questions, especially those concerning the second generation of Intel Core and Core vPro functionality provided by this new range and improvements in the area of remote management and security .

Case PSN attention to your bank account

The first credit card fraud resulting from the breach of security servers and Playstation Network Qriocity prompted U.S. consumers to complain. It is recommended to monitor their account or to object to your card if you bought online content on your PS3. When we reported yesterday that Sony thought that the banking information of its customers were potentially compromised with the rest of personal data (see "PlayStation Network information is compromised), we were very careful to use the same level of conditional probability that Sony used in its press release.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New rumors about the Nintendo Wii 2

With every passing day increases the certainty that the next E3 in Los Angeles that the console will show the new Nintendo Wii 2. Although there are tight-lipped on the subject by the Nissan - "We Have Decided That It is best to let people experience it for Themselves at E3 - new rumors speak of a graphics chip built around the AMD R700 GPU and a CPU IBM triple core PowerPC motherboard dedicated.

Deals in your area: Facebook and Google start Groupon clones

Facebook expanded its service ". So far, the function displays only deals in your area. Now Facebook friends to join in a buying group. The more people opt for a bargain, the lower the final price. Similar Groupon works, "" Google: The service you receive regular special offers by e-mail offers. Choose sufficiently interested in the bargain, comes into the business.

Facebook and Google Offers Deals to start in a field test initially only in selected regions of the United States. If and when the services come to us is still not known.

Meltdown in the Playstation Network: Hackers steal Sony million customer

Affected in addition to the PSN and the video and music service Qriocity. An unknown person had gained access to personal information such as name, address, e-mail or date of birth, so Sony's corporate blog. Also, logins and passwords had been spied on present knowledge, may also include a list of purchases.

"Although there is currently no evidence that was accessed illegally on credit card information, we can leave this option is not entirely out of consideration," warned Sony. Customers should now be particularly vigilant to sit up any fraud, and check their account. The hackers broke of 17 to 19 April in the customer data banks.

Prototype hybrid cooling for Geforce GTX 580 from Asetek

The Danish company Asetek has shown a prototype hybrid air-cooling fluid specifically developed for the GeForce GTX 580. The complete kit, consisting of GPU waterblock with integrated pump - plate VRAM / VRM with nVidia stock fan - heatsink with 120mm fan, will be adopted on XLR8 GTX 580 Enthusiast Edition by PNY.

According to PNY and the Asetek kit is able to lower the noise level of 5dBA and 45.8 ° C GPU temperature in full-load compared to the heat sink referece. From internal testing laboratories in the Asetek PNY XLR8 GTX 580 Enthusiast Edition has been brought to overclock to the frequency of 995/1846/4400 MHz (GPU / SPs / Mem) starting from the default 772/1544/4008MHz.

Hydra: The Razer motion controller available from June

Razer has announced details about price and date of sale of dual-stick controller to play Hydra. We had seen for the first time last January at the CES 2011 and will be available in June next to a price of $ 140 including a special version of Portal 2 with add-ons that allow the user to move and turn mirrors and other items with the use of the motion controller.

The system works with a pair of magnetic sensors in the hands of gamers who have analog sticks, triggers and other buttons. While looking like the Nintendo Wii controller, to house Razer does not need a strategic position to operate even if the maximum distance the player can stay is limited to 3.5 meters.

Sony: Hybrid Freestyle and Ultimate Mobile PC

Upon the announcement of its shelves, Sony has also made the "teaser" on two of its forthcoming machines. The first is called the Ultimate Mobile PC, the second Freestyle Hybrid PC. It was simply a photo for the Ultimate Mobile PC, which seems fine. We can expect the best of technology: Core i7 quad core, SSD, dedicated graphics card, USB 3.0 and why not Thunderbolt.

As usual with Sony, we can expect exceptional materials and a light machine. Freestyle Hybrid PC looks more like the tablet Asus hybrid than a conventional computer. The photos do not know if the keyboard is built into the tablet or if it is external. Remains to be seen how Sony will sell the machine, the company announced abandoning the netbook market, so the price of this hybrid should be consistent.

New motherboards from ASRock AM3 +

After some of its competitors, ASRock has to turn to unveil its future models of motherboards compatible with AMD Socket AM3 +. No fewer than nine models are expected, all based on a chipset from the 800 series: the 890FX chipset 890FX Deluxe5 uses the 890GX Extreme4 R2.0, 890GX Pro3 Pro3 and 890GM chipset 890GX R2.0 using the 880GMH/U3S3 , 880GM Pro3 Pro3 R2.0 and 880g are based on a 880g chipset while the 870 Extreme3 R2.0 and R2.0 870iCafe must be content with a chipset 870.

Logitech Announces Wireless Keyboard K270.

Logitech adds to its already extensive list of your new wireless keyboard peripheral K270, features 2.4GHz wireless technology and ensures a range of up to 24 months. The new K270 has an operation reaches 10 meters, which ensures that no problems are far from the receiver to place ourselves, this is unusual it can be used with another Logitech device compatible, which means that we only to use a receptor for several other devices such as keyboard or mouse.

A new SDK for the Freebox Revolution

Developers who want to work on the Freebox Revolution now have a new tool. Indeed, if only offers elixir Free developer - a more comprehensive kit for developers are handpicked - The arrival of TV sets GameTree will change the situation. Indeed, GameTree TV is a product of TransGaming, a company based Cedega, a commercial version of Wine and improved.

Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is software that allows Linux to run Windows programs directly under Linux, by intercepting calls to Windows APIs and adapting to the host system and Cedega is a commercial version of Wine designed specifically for games . And GameTree TV is based on pure Cedega porting games.

4 white iPhone hits stores

A year has been slow in coming but already here. 4 white iPhone will go on sale starting tomorrow and for now Movistar and Vodafone have been the first to confirm that they will have units in their stores. Although half the world is awaiting the next iPhone 5, Apple has surprised today with an announcement expected by many followers of the signing of the apple bite.

The iPhone 4 in white is available. The global launch team will be available in Germany, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macao, Norway , New Zealand, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Taiwan, starting tomorrow.

Fusion of the 3105m HP

HP has unveiled the 3105m, an ultra-portable "professional", with a 11.6 inch screen diagonal and a platform based on AMD's Fusion Brazos. We thus find an APU-350 E x86 combining two cores running at 1.6 GHz Bobcat and a Radeon HD 6310, up to 8 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive screen backlight LED capable of displaying a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Controllers Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 are available (optional 3G), and a GPS receiver and a VGA webcam. A memory card reader SD / MMC and integrated speakers complete the package. Comes with a 6-cell battery allowing a maximum endurance of 9.5 hours, the 3105m is guaranteed for one year.

GameTree TV: the game on demand on Freebox

Free has announced that the Freebox Revolution (V6) was now compatible with the gaming platform to demand GameTree TV. The solution requires an Intel TransGaming, as the Atom of the Freebox Revolution, and offers casual games for rent. We find such hits as "Seed vs. Zombies," "Bejeweled 2", "World of Goo", etc..

The principle is simple: the games - often addictive - are downloaded directly onto the hard disk of the device and it is possible to rent the game - on a daily or weekly - or even buy it. For now, there are 25 games available on the Freestore, but new games should come out every week. As shown, Free tries to make his mark in video games, although it must take into account one thing: the market is still quite limited for the company.

DisplayPort and Thunderbolt have the wind at your back

The Display Port becoming increasingly popular with an increase in shipments of DisplayPort-compatible 150% from one year to another. ISuppli analysts predict that this triple-digit growth expected to continue for another two years. The Thunderbolt also seems to take this evolution. The world goes HD, which means that DisplayPort and HDMI are becoming the default choice for manufacturers.

With the programmed death of the VGA 2015 and the willingness of manufacturers to offer this port as standard, iSuppli estimates that the number of compatible products delivered should reach 500 million by 2014. This phenomenon is visible on all graphics products. Thus, the inclusion of a DisplayPort port on graphics cards has doubled this year.

Nokia Symbian separates

Nokia has announced - in 4000 more layoffs - as Symbian and 3 000 people working on it would be transferred to Accenture. It is quite surprising, in that Accenture is a consulting firm and not a company specializing in the development of mobile operating systems. The transfer should take place during the summer - if accepted - and ended at the end of 2011.

Accenture should continue to develop Symbian and Nokia to provide its mobile devices. It is interesting to note that Nokia will no longer develop its smartphone operating systems in-house: Meego is focused by Intel, Windows 7 Phone evidently comes from Microsoft and Symbian, therefore, changes in hand ...

Crucial m4, a clone of C400 Micron

The manufacturer is Crucial to formalize its m4, a DSS that incorporates the same features of the C400 Micron, its parent company. Unsurprisingly, there is therefore in this SSD 2.5-inch MLC NAND flash memory etched 25 nm, 256 MB cache and a controller Marvell 88SS9174 supports SATA 6 Gbps. Available in capacities of 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB, m4 shows up to 40,000 IOPS performance in reading and 4 KB 50 000 write IOPS (except the 64GB model which is limited to 20,000 IOPS writing).

A Wi-Fi 11n ... for public places

Ruckus Wireless offers a new 802.11n Wi-Fi hotspot "professional", which improves - according to the company - the range and throughput. The ZoneFlex 7341 is compatible 802.11n, but is limited to the 2.4 GHz band (some working in 5 GHz) and can be powered via Ethernet. The terminal can be hung on the wall, supports QoS to limit certain uses and may create eight different SSID, which is interesting in some places.

75 000 IOPS for the Vertex 3 OCZ

The manufacturer OCZ has unveiled an enhanced version of its Vertex 3 launched earlier this year called for the occasion IOPS Max Edition. Capable of reaching 75,000 IOPS read 4 KB, cons 'only' 60 000 IOPS for the classic 3 Vertex, the SSD uses a controller SandForce SF-2200 and has a SATA 6 Gbps. It also uses the NAND memory Toggle Toshiba etched into 32 nm, where the performance improved slightly.

In Win has a new series of rack cabinets boxes

Win In The manufacturer is already available for their cases to the professional rack can be mounted 19-inch cabinets offer served as storage or networking with NAS devices. This new series of rack boxes allow the assembly of CPUs in bulk to extend the capabilities of managing and processing business, this series consists of five different models.

R100. 1U which integrates a 400W power supply, the format is compatible with Extended ATX up to 12 "x13", also features a 5.25 "bay bays and 2 external 3.5" internal, where the installation does not require tools, including expansion slot for PCI cards, as refrigeration is based on the work of its 5 40x28mm fans and one PCI.

TDJ: Asus Deluxe P8P67

Our fellow GinjFo just put online a test P8P67 Deluxe from Asus, a motherboard based on Intel P67 chipset - B3 Review - and therefore designed to Sandy Bridge processors on socket LGA 1155. ATX format, this motherboard has three PCI-Express 2.0 x16, two PCI-Express x1 and two PCI slots. There are also 7.1 audio controller, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet (x2), and eight SATA ports, including four in 6 Gbps.

Lenovo ThinkPad prepares Tegra 2

Lenovo is preparing a tablet ThinkPad Tegra 2 Honeycomb he should market in June at a price of $ 500. The tablet would have a touchscreen 10.1-inch IPS to a resolution of 1280 x 800 compatible with a stylus. The storage capacity would vary between 10 GB and 64 GB to 32 GB via the new ThinkPad and integrate the modules conventional Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G, with an option to move to 4G.

It should also support an SD memory card slot and a mini HDMI output and USB and micro USB. The documents were leaked on the web talking about a life of 8 hours, but the Chinese has not yet confirmed. A first demonstration of this new ThinkPad Honeycomb should take place during Computex in June.

Windows 8 M2 is available for download

A leak at Microsoft allowed the publication of Windows 8 Build 6.2.7955.0 M2 on the Web. Available BetaArchive forum is a copy that is not supposed to be distributed, but offers some details on the progress of the publisher. This version of Windows 8 was compiled on February 28 last, thus confirming the information we Relations earlier this year that claimed that Microsoft had completed the second milestone of Windows 8 during this period (see "The sheet Route unveiled Windows 8 ") and he began to work on the third milestone.

350 million licenses of Windows 7

Microsoft claims to have sold 350 million licenses since the release Windows 7 operating system 18 months ago. The publisher has the wind at your back. Windows 7 is the first operating system to exceed the market share of Windows XP in the U.S. (see "Windows XP 7 exceeds finally!") And this trend should be confirmed in the rest of the world.

It should therefore continue to attract consumers for many years and well beyond 2012, expected date of release of Windows 8 (see "The roadmap unveiled Windows 8).

The information is compromised PlayStation Network

Sony said that the intrusion took place in its servers and PlayStation Network Qriocity resulted in the disclosure of personal information of users, via their personal addresses, passwords and potentially the credit card numbers . The Japanese has a crisis on our hands and we read on the web a number of criticisms on a communication extremely late.

Indeed, the fault occurred between April 17 and April 19. It was discovered on April 20 last, because as explained by Sony, the company has disconnected servers after discovering the problem. However, we are now April 27 and it is only now that Sony says its customers that hackers got their names, addresses (city, state, zip code), country, email address, birth date, Login and password PSN / Qriocity well as purchase history, their payment address and possibly the credit card number and expiration date.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The alarm: the unsuspected killer of hard drives

The noise can cause problems for a hard drive? Apparently, yes. In fact, in recent years, had a host of problems hard disks when testing anti fire when the gas was released Inergen. And surprisingly enough, after some testing, this is not the gas that was causing problems, but ... the alarm. Indeed, the alarms used in data centers are very powerful (up to 120 decibels) and the change in air pressure by the sound wave has a visible impact on hard drives.

World of Warcraft switches to IPv6

About a month ago, we announced a patch for the popular game World of Warcraft providing support for IPv6 - IPv4 and more - was being prepared. This is now done. The publisher Blizzard Entertainment has thus revealing that the patch 4.1 adds two new network options, especially with the possibility to optimize the network for speed (the packets are sent more frequently, which results in an increase in bandwidth used), and especially the activation of the support for IPv6.

New Dual-Core processor, old housing: New Photo: Does the iPhone 5 like that?

If you believe the shots that are about the IT-related blog ", then looks like the iPhone, the iPhone 5 4th The New hidden "under the hood." IPhone rumored to be working in 5 of the "A5" processor from Apple, which is installed in the iPad 2, where it provides for increased speed. Plus, the iPhone will give it 5 from launch also in white - in this case Apple slips up in the previous text generation.

Wii 2 Nintendo Wii Successor in 2012

Nintendo's Wii console is the way out. The show constantly, and the few new announcements from other manufacturers. Games publisher Electronic Arts has recently completed the development of the Wii action game "" stopped because the commercial prospects will not be well profitable. It is therefore hardly surprising that a price reduction is due to the games box.

As the technology blog "" announced, Nintendo lowered the price of the console on 15 May 2011 from 190 to 150 U.S. dollars. To increase the attractiveness of the offer, shall be the console seems to have the fun racer "Mario Kart" with. According to the U.S. trade magazine "The price cut is only the forerunner to the big bang, which is in June on the echo through the halls.

Playstation Network: PSN failure: What is wrong with Sony's online service?

Since 20 April 2011 Sony's Playstation Network (PSN) is not available. Information about the failure of the company served only bit by bit: In the first of the 22nd April said the Japanese company from a dip into the system. The PSN is off accordingly for security reasons. A day later, Sony's communications manager Patrick Seybold that it is a time consuming process to make the secure online service.

Acer offers a N570 Atom CPU in Aspire One Happy

Updated the Acer Aspire One netbook line Happy with a more powerful hardware platform that includes a dual-core N570 Atom CPU 1.66 GHz (on the original model used a 1.5-GHz), 2GB RAM and 250GB hard drive . The small laptop with 10-inch screen has also been adjusted in look, thanks to a wave pattern and new colors such as pastel blue, orange, pink and yellow.

The other specifications are very similar to those of the original model that we reviewed in these pages: 802.11n Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth, 1024x600 pixel display and keyboard 'chiclet' but with a new trackpad the same color as the shell. Acer has not provided a specific marketing or sales prices.

Sports game for PS3, Wii and Xbox 360: Top Spin

Game, set and match, it is now at a bargain price: The online retailer Amazon, the tennis game Top Spin 4 "at a price for PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii version beats them in beech. The title of Take-Two is available only since mid-March 2011. The offer ends on Sunday 1 May 2011. "Top Spin 4 is devoted to the simulation side of the sport.

This means that instead Haudrauf mentality blow for blow for a trade between opportunities and risks is needed. Play the backhand long straight line as surely as a Winner or topspin by the middle? Who decides with a cool head, has good cards in the struggle for fame and glory in the tennis circuit.

Android-based computer: Sony unveils Tablet PCs S1 and S2

The Sony S1 is a tablet computer with the operating system "Android 3.0" (honeycomb). It has a 9.4 inch touch screen and front and rear camera. As processor a "Tegra 2" from Nvidia is used. Thanks to the integrated infrared sensor, the S1 can also use as a remote control. Sony sees the emphasis in the use as an entertainment Tablet PC.

The well-stocked with Android 3.0 S2 has two, a 5.5-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1024x480 pixels. Again, this Tablet PC is equipped with a Tegra-2 processor, this is a digital camera. Thanks to split the S2, a technique appears on the bottom screen as a keyboard, as you see on the top display the text.

Video recordings remotely program Technisat DVR app presents for iPad Touch, iPhone and iPod

About the "DVR-App" You control your Technisat digital television or at receiver. Requirement: The device must support the so-called remote access and be accessible via LAN or WLAN. The programming is then possible up to seven days in advance. Here, the app helps with information about the upcoming TV program.

The administration of all timer settings of the Technisat digital TV or receiver is possible. According to the manufacturer DVR-App is available from May for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to download. A version for "Android" Smartphone and Tablet PCs is in preparation, whose release date is not fixed yet.