Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tom's Guide: what should we expect from 4G?

Our colleagues and neighbors at Tom's Hardware just upload a file on the 4G, fourth generation mobile network. Successor to 3G (UMTS) and its evolution (3G and 3G + HSDPA + HSUPA), 4G can be divided into two standards: 3.9 G (LTE) and 4G (LTE Advanced). In both cases, 4G promises speeds much higher than that of the 3G mobile internet connection ...

Ti a GTX 550 to 1015 MHz Asus

Galaxy and Zotac are not the only ones to offer overclocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti plant. Asus has indeed announced a similar model, the UL (Timati) ENGTX550 DC/DI/1GD5 Ti. The manufacturer goes further than its competitors because it pushes the GPU GTX 550 to 1015 MHz Ti, against "only" for the 1000 MHz maps of the Galaxy and Zotac.

Remember that the GPU clock reference designs is only 900 MHz. The 192 CUDA cores for their turn to 2030 MHz, while the GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050 MHz on a 192-bit bus. This overclocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti also benefits from a cooling system DirectCU advertised as more effective than the reference.

Intel wants a piece of cake Android, Chrome OS

Intel does not want to leave only the ARM processors on the market for devices running Android and Chrome OS. The smelter would negotiate with Compal and Inventec, two of the largest global manufacturers (subcontractors for brands Acer, HP, Dell, etc..) To design products using Intel chips and a Google operating system.

Who says Android said sure tablets and smartphones, but Intel would also cover the market even nonexistent laptops Chrome OS. The first products resulting from this collaboration are expected to appear at IDF in Beijing (12-13 April) or at Computex (May 31-June 4).

The SSD Transcend USB 3.0 arrive

Unveiled just days ago, the SSD18C3 Transcend begins to be listed in Europe. Good news, although the manufacturer recommended retail prices indicates the order of 169 euros for the 64GB model and 299 euros for the 128 GB version, the SSD are available for pre-order at lower rates. With a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, this SSD boasts a reminder of external transfer rate of about 260 MB / s sequential read and 200MB / s write.

Asus Radeon HD 6990, with double processing capacity

Asus has launched its new graphics card HD 6990, it has two HD 6990 cores have to double the processing capacity, while consumption remains within moderate levels. Voltage technology increases ASUS Tweak clock graphic to the 1245Mhz, so you can enjoy a more advanced gaming performance with the best possible decisions with all the details and full effects.

At this point, the GPU HD 6990 represents the top end of AMD technology. Main features: - Compatible with Windows 7, DirectX11 and Antilles-based architecture of AMD, the HD 6990 graphics technology represents the most powerful dual-core processor developed by AMD to date. - Equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, the HD 6990 surpasses the performance of other references in the series Northern Islands of AMD.

Facebook vulnerability: possible contributions under a false name

As previously reported, hackers exploit a vulnerability in the groups function of Facebook. The crooks first align a new group and add any of their Facebook friends. These persons, according to just get a message about it, but are not asked in advance. Then, the hacker only missing an associated e-mail address.

He usually gets displayed without problems in the profile of the victims. Now the attacker is able to e-mails with the sender address of the victim in the Facebook group to send it. The text ends up as a contribution in the group - under the name of the user, the first of which suspects nothing.

Batman: Arkham City, gameplay trailer and release date

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics have released a new trailer for Batman: Arkham City. The video shows some scenes of game features and environments inspired by the movie The Dark Knight and finally revealed the release date of the full game, developed by Rocksteady Studios. The sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released October 18, 2011 in North America, Australia and October 19 October 21 in Europe in sizes PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Philips PFL9606 and PFL9706 Full LED panels with local dimming 3D

Philips has recently introduced its new product line for 2011 that includes LED LCD televisions range in 9000. Inside we find solutions 2D/3D organized in two different lines indicated by the marks and PFL9606 PFL9706. All models, except those with 32 and 37-inch screen, use a full LED backlight technology with local dimming guarantee a very high contrast and an equally thin panel which provides a thickness of just 40 mm.

New announcements for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360: Smith Rock music game for real guitars

"Guitar Hero", "Rock Band" & Co. in the gaming industry bestowed in recent years, fat profits. The concept to make do with plastic instruments rock classics, came good. Now Ubisoft will also bring its share of the pie with "Rock Smith" a new brand on the market. Special feature: The title is not the usual, but uses real guitars.

The connecting through a 6.35 mm jack with the consoles or the PC. On the guitar you are playing then the song titles. Here, the game is to customize your skills. Ubisoft promises a comprehensive music library for "Rock Smith." In the array, see other pieces by David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana and the Rolling Stones.

Nvidia updates the kit 3D Vision and lowers the price

Nvidia has introduced an upgrade kit Vision 3D Wireless Glasses by inserting in the active shutter glasses technology to a new long-life battery that extends the operation of 50% (60 hours vs. 40 hours earlier). The new kit is sold at a price more aggressively, 149 U.S. dollars instead of 199 Dollars, always includes the USB IR receiver and 3D software specific and can be combined with a second pair of 3D glasses adding another $ 119.

Factories stop production: Tsunami: rising chip prices - PCs, Smartphones, Tablet PCs more expensive now?

One fifth of the world's chip came from Japan. About 40 percent of the flash memory chips used in mobile phones, tablets and computers to make use, firms are establishing in the Asian island state. There are a result of the tsunami, the tapes still in many factories. Until the power back running smoothly and all transport routes are repaired, it can take months.

In the time to look around the customers of Japanese suppliers for alternatives. Although would begin deliveries of components for chip production in just two weeks, had a the shortages and price increases of up to the third quarter, reported the research institute. In particular, the demand for NAND chips has recently increased because of the Tablet boom, especially the Apple iPad unleashed with its successful.

Preview: Action game for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360: Duke Nukem Forever: Hail to the King?

Some consider themselves celebrities love their portraits, Googling your name, delight in itself Duke Nukem such ego-trips are not unknown. But they are not fulfilling, and his two mistresses him walk slowly up the ghost. He just wants to kill as a guest on a talk show some time as it happens: The aliens are back! During include U.S. President and Ministry of Defence, a standstill agreement with the seemingly peaceful aliens can not fool the Duke. When the scheming aliens abduct also his playmates, the fun finally listened to - Duke Nukem swears revenge. Whether with his bare fists or heavy small arms, he did not hesitate long.

480 cores in a 2U

A few weeks ago we told you about a server-based Atom that contained 512 cores (1024 threads) in a 10U server. The company Calxeda specializing in ARM chips, plans to do better: 480 cores in a 2U server. Calxeda is a company founded in 2008 which decided to offer ARM chips in servers. The advantage is obvious: the amount of energy consumed is very low with ARM SoC and it is a huge advantage for servers and storage for everything that does not require enormous computing power.

Lexar: Maps of 64/128Go SDXC Class10

Nearly three months after their release SDXC Professional memory cards of 64 GB and 128 GB of manufacturer Leaxr begin to appear on the market. Class 10 certified, these maps show in practice a minimum transfer rate up to 20 MB / s. The photographers as well as "video reporters" should appreciate ...

Comes with Image Rescue software can recover lost files, these cards are guaranteed to life. Lexar announced last respective rates of $ 200 and $ 330 for his SDXC 64 GB and 128 GB

NVIDIA drivers for the GTX 550 Ti

Advantage of NVIDIA launch GeForce GTX 550 Ti to publish a new version of its GeForce graphics drivers. 267.59 stamped, these drivers do not support the GTX and GTS 550 Ti 450. Hope that a unified version of the GeForce drivers so soon ... Available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 and 64 bit versions), these drivers also include the GeForce 267.59 PhysX System Software version 9.10.0514 and the HD audio drivers v1 .1.13.0.

Asus motherboards compatible Bulldozer AM3 AM3 +

The saga continues. While AMD continues to assert that its processors require a bulldozer AM3 +, Asus has released a list of motherboards with socket AM3 "compatible" with future AMD CPU via a simple BIOS update. This list consists mainly of top models and high-end chipsets using current 890FX and 890GX: The existence of this list is very surprising because the + and AM3 socket AM3 differ physically (an additional pin on the AM3 +).

Save its games consoles on the PC

Roxio offers a new accessory that will appeal to players: an acquisition device designed for gaming consoles Roxio The Game Capture is a box which sits between the console and the screen and can record - on video or photos - anything that happens on screen. Sold $ 100, it will allow anyone to post their exploits on the Internet.

The box has some technical limitations and capture analog video: use a cable YUV (component) and the definition of video is limited to 480p. If the Xbox 360 was available with the YUV cable in some cases this is not the case with the PlayStation 3 and Wii, with which the cables are optional.

And here is Richard Stallman's computer

What PC Richard Stallman, the guru of free software, he uses? A Yeelong home Lemote, a Chinese company. This netbook is quite unique in the sense that he was chosen by Richard Stallman because of a peculiarity: the entire machine, including the BIOS, is totally free and open source, which is not the case of a usual computer.

The machine is not perfectly: this netbook with a screen of 8.9 inches or 10 is not very fast, because it is based on a MIPS platform type Loongson, a Chinese processor. This chip 64-bit MIPS (here a model 2F) is only clocked at 900 MHz and other characteristics of the device are limited.

Intel Atom for thought MicroServer

Originally designed for laptops at very low cost, Intel Atom finally arrive in servers. Intel has announced its intention to launch an Atom in 2012 specifically designed for "micro servers". Behind this name, includes Intel servers with a large number of low-power cores. They oppose the traditional grouping some servers very fast processors.

This new category has emerged recently with the explosion of online services. Intel plans MicroServer that weigh less than 10% of the total market for servers for 4 or 5 years. To meet these new needs, Intel will launch several low-power processors. The first will be the Xeon 1260L-E3 and E3-1220l-based architecture Westmere.

Logitech Z906, successors of the surround speakers Logitech Z-5500

Logitech has introduced its Z906 Surround Sound speakers with 500 watts of RMS power and THX certification to create an experience of theater-quality audio. "We are delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed speaker system Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1," said Mark Schneider, Vice President and General Manager of the Audio Business Unit at Logitech.

"The Surround Sound Speakers Logitech Z906 is the logical evolution of surround sound speakers and we are sure will become an indispensable part of any dining room." The Logitech Z906 Surround Sound provide 500 watts of RMS power, a thunderous sound that will shake the closets in your home.

TDJ: IGP Sandy Bridge, BitFenix \u200b\u200bShinobi

Our fellow Cowcotland recently posted a review of the case of manufacturer BitFenix \u200b\u200bShinobi, a housing tower for the medium format market players and suggested a relatively affordable price. Compatible with motherboards mini-ITX, Micro ATX and ATX, the Shinobi displays dimensions of 205 x 460 x 490 mm Weight 8 kg.

It has three bays in the format 5.25 inch and eight-slot internal 3.5 inch format. Verdict? For their part, our colleagues at the Counter of the Hardware focused on the IGP to Sandy Bridge processors from Intel and its performance against its competitors. The HD 2000 and 3000 have been tested with a panel of 6 DirectX 9 games and 10 and were compared to the previous generation of Intel IGP, but also to integrated solutions 885G/890GX chipsets from AMD ...

ARM - who does what Apple A5 (12)

Lets see the section "ARM: who does what" with Apple A5. This new SoC succeeds A4 used in the iPad, the iPhone and iPod Touch 4 4G. The A5 is a new generation of SoC, which lies between OMAP4 and OMAP5 or between 2 and Tegra Tegra 3. It's a smart intermediary because the CPU is a classical model, already used but the graphics chip is much faster than the competition.

Only small fault current, the chip is etched into 45 nm and is therefore much bigger than the Apple A4. For the processor is the classic type of two cores Cortex A9, with SIMD (NEON) and FPU and 512 KB of cache per core. It is a core about 25% faster than the Cortex A8 A4 in normal and really a lot faster on floating point computations.

HP TouchPad: arriver in June at a price of $ 500

HP has disclosed information about the availability of market prices and the pattern of its TouchPad 10.1-inch. Originally expected in April, will celebrate in June at a price that will leave $ 499 for the 16GB version of Wi-Fi and will continue to $ 599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi. The first rumors were confirmed by a spokesman of HP but did not mention prices, but only availability.

The 7-inch model will reach only his elder brother in September, probably in time for purchases of back-to-school period.

Intel Z68: best of the LGA 1155

The bug H/P67 chipsets and motherboards recall Sandy Bridge that followed has dampened our enthusiasm on the Sandy Bridge. Today, we review the Z68 Intel Express will not run that in a few weeks, but that is the only one to provide access to the best platform LGA 1155.

GeForce GTX 590: news and rumors

A week about his official by NVIDIA, we learn more about the GeForce GTX 590. GF110 carry two graphics chipsets, a total of 1024 CUDA cores, this dual-GPU graphics card would use a PCIe bridge house, a PCB with 12 layers and a power stage to 10 phases. 3 GB of GDDR5 memory would be available, while two power connectors PCI-Express 8-pin would be responsible to provide the energy needed to power all these people, up to 365W TDP (This passage suggests that the manufacturer has revised downward the frequency).

A first motherboard from ASRock AM3 +

If processors Bulldozer AM3 + AMD should not make their appearance before the month of June, the first compatible motherboards are already starting to emerge from laboratories of manufacturers. A motherboard 890GM Pro3 R2.0 ASRock has thus, by chance, found under the flashes of cameras from our colleagues in Akiba PC Hotline.

Micro-ATX format and based on a 890GX chipset (accompanied by a SB850 southbridge), this motherboard has four DDR3-1866 connectors for up to 32 GB of memory. There is also a PCI-Express x16, one PCI-Express x1, two PCI, chipset Radeon HD integrated SATA 6 Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet controllers and 7.1 audio as well as eSATA, FireWire, USB 3.0, VGA, DVI and HDMI.

3D Accessories: Bluetooth shutter glasses from Samsung

The signal transmission for opening and closing of the lenses should be less susceptible to interference by by light sources, and cover a wider reception angle according to the manufacturer. Even with limited sight to the transmitter gives Samsung a reliable work of the glasses. Practical: motion and acceleration sensors switch off your glasses when not in use.

At 28 grams, the "SSG-3700CR" the lightest design in the new range. For better weight distribution is the entire system including the batteries in the back of the frame. The narrow arms are flexible so that the model even for eyeglass wearers is comfortable to wear. The design of the "SSG-3300" builds on conventional eyewear.

12.5-inch Notebooks: Lenovo ThinkPad announces next-generation

Used are the latest components, which promise not only a longer battery life, but also guarantee better performance. Thus provides the second-generation Core i7 processors (Sandy Bridge) by Intel for high work rate. The "Turbo Boost" technology utilized by Intel, the computing cores of optimal performance and increased if necessary.

Lenovo's own "Turbo Boost +" function keeps the CPU temperature is below a fixed limit - so the longer works with more power. When using an optional special ThinkPad X220 battery reaches an operating life of up to 24 hours. The X200 model, which can also be used as a Tablet PC is running, with a six-cell battery up to 16 hours.