Thursday, April 14, 2011

New patch for the PC version of Dragon Age II

BioWare has released the second patch for PC Dragon Age II, updating the game to version 1.02. The patch rectifies many bugs and improves gameplay (Warning: some corrections regarding the plot is retroactive, so if there is a bug that prevents progress in the plot you need to load a save before the onset of the problem).

In addition, the Canadian developer recommends that gamers with hardware compatible with DirectX11 update the drivers of the AMD Radeon graphics cards and nVidia GeForce latest release. Owners of the retail version of the game can download the patch 1.02 to this address. Below is a list of changes: GAMEPLAY The Effects of Various talents and follower Being Properly item properties are now removed and re-applied When loading and saving.

Cooler Master introduced the new box Enforcer Storm.

Cooler Master announces the launch of its new box Enforcer Storm gamers focused mainly have USB 3.0, SSD support and possibility to install high-end graphics. Building for the Future. The new Enforcer Storm has been designed and manufactured to the most demanding users, features a unique cooling system with a 200mm fan located on the front lit by red LEDs, one rear 120mm and the possibility of installing a also additional 200mm on top.

Ivy Bridge compatible with existing LGA 1155

The compatibility of processors Ivy Bridge with the current LGA 1155 platform is one of question marks about future Intel processors. Indeed, although the processors are physically compatible with the current Sandy Bridge, he was so far unclear whether the chipsets Phanta Point (6 Series) of the caster will be able to operate with Ivy Bridge.

If you believe a document capture Donanimhaber published by the site, it would appear that the Ivy Bridge processors are indeed compatible (as we supposed) with some 6 series chipsets from Intel (The P67, H67 , H61 and Z68), with an updated BIOS. However Chipsets Q65, Q67 and B65, for the professional market, will not be compatible with upcoming CPU's founder.

S1080: Tablet "Wintel" Gigabyte

Unveiled at CES, the shelf "Wintel" S1080 Gigabyte has just made its appearance on the Taiwanese market. Displayed at nearly $ 790, this 10.1-inch touch pad (1024 x 600 pixels) with a processor dual-core Atom N570 clocked at 1.66 GHz and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium (no, not Android here ). There is also a 320 GB hard drive, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 802.11n wireless controllers and Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and a VGA output, all at a weight of 900 grams.

Four USB 3.0 ports on one controller

Texas Instruments is to validate two new USB 3.0 controllers, which could therefore come - finally - to compete with the controllers from Renesas (NEC). Good news, one of two chips (the TUSB7340) supports four USB 3.0 ports, while the majority of current solutions are limited to only two ports. In practice, the motherboards that support more than two or more controllers connectors use either a USB 3.0 hub internal - Via offers a chip of this type -.

USB 3.0 in the spotlight at Samsung

The manufacturer Samsung will soon launch several new models of external hard drives equipped with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. At 2.5-inches, M2 and C2 Portable Portable display a maximum capacity of 1 TB, the difference between the two models ranging in design and color (gray or red for C2, while the M2 is in gray, orange, beige and black).

The C2 and M2 will come with backup software and formatting Samsung Drive Manager. For its part, the M3 Station format (3.5 inches) should be available in capacities of 1TB, 1.5TB and 2 TB, and in two colors (black or beige). M2 Portable should make its appearance within a few days, then it will wait until May to see the arrival of the C2 and M3 Mobile Station.

The SDK download official KINECTS May 16

Since the release of the module KINECTS for Xbox 360, hackers of all stripes would have a field day and invented moult applications to efficient system of recognition and motion tracking. And Microsoft, for once, was not opposed to tinkering in his product. The company had even mentioned the launch of an official development kit, which has just received a release date: it will be downloadable for free on May 16 in beta.

But what will become of the Nabaztag?

But what will become of the Nabaztag? Bunnies Wi-Fi, French product launched in mid 2000, yet many problems. The company Violet, the basis for electronic leporidae, was acquired by Mindscape in 2009, which decided to produce a third version of the Nabaztag, as the Karotz. If Karotz - despite some delays - is expected to arrive late in the stalls, the Nabaztag and Nabaztag / tag them, no longer work.

Tom's Guide: Google vs. S Nexus. HTC Incredible S

Our colleagues and neighbors at Tom's Hardware just published a comparison between two high-end smartphones, namely Google and HTC Incredible Nexus S S. Ownership, type of LCD, or Android version of autonomy: is it possible to separate these two devices?

No Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Vista

Since Internet Explorer 9 is not compatible with Windows XP, it was assumed he would be the same for Internet Explorer 10. But Windows XP will not be the only Windows left out of future developments IE: Vista too. Microsoft had not highlighted this limitation in the presentation of IE 10 Platform Preview 1 yesterday, but she jumped to users of Vista have tried to install this preview release.

Verbatim Launches OLED lights

Verbatim has just announced an interesting innovation: OLED lamps. Under the name Velva, and in partnership with Mitsubishi, they are OLED panels, which can be used to inform, but to create "art" that are proposed. The panels measure 14 x 14 cm and the brightness is announced 1000 cd / m². Programmable, they can change colors: red, green, blue, yellow, magenta and cyan.

In white, different temperatures are available: 2700 K 3000 K 5000 K and 6500 K. Remember that the more the Kelvin, the higher the white is considered "cold" and tends towards blue. The price remains the biggest problem with OLED: about $ 1 000 panel. It is still too expensive to replace conventional bulbs and even the LED models, especially given the lifetime announced, which is only 8000 hours.

In fact, what looks like the French user?

Impossible to draw a portrait of the French user without a major survey. It is the purpose of the large national survey conducted by IPSOS on the Internet that Tom's Hardware is partnering again this year. As in previous years, this survey includes a long questionnaire that may discourage some. Fortunately it is possible to fill in several times.

Like every year, the questionnaire allows you to participate in a lottery winning of 100 lots, valued at between 20 € and 600 € and will give you the right to know the results of the study. Note that the survey is anonymous: the personal details of respondents will only be used "to prevent and send the lot to win, as stipulated in the regulations.

HIS launches its Radeon HD 6790 IceQ Turbo X

After the Radeon HD 6950, it was the turn of the Radeon HD 6790 to enjoy the cooler IceQ HIS X. The manufacturer has indeed to announce the launch of its Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Turbo X, a graphics card overclocked from the factory. Featuring 800 stream processors and 40 texture units, the GPU of this card is clocked at 900 MHz as well, against only 840 MHz for the reference model.

The GB of GDDR5 memory operating on him at a frequency of 1100 MHz on a 256-bit bus. Compatible CrossFireX, the Radeon HD 6790 finally has five outputs: two DVI, one HDMI and two mini DisplayPort. It remains to get the price of this card ...

Lian Li V2120B: The only box HPTX format support.

Ibetrónica Systems added to our catalog Lian Li V2120B box, outside, great tower format, noted for its realization in aluminum and its front, with a door to enhance your quiet nature. The Lian Li V2120B has in its interior with separate areas to ensure maximum cooling with fans that can be regulated manually, including three front 140mm fans and one 120mm at the rear has a 120mm.

To work with motherboards HTPX formats should uninstall one 140mm front. Optionally you can add three 120mm higher to favor the silence, the case is lined with foam panels on the front and sides, also has a tray to anchor the plate, which means it can easily be removed to facilitate the base plate mounting.

Acer HN274H: A 27-inch 3D at 689 dollars

The manufacturer Acer will soon launch on the market a new model of LCD 3D, HN274H. For players and the media market, this 27-inch diagonal displays Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz in receipt of a backlight LED , a response time of 2ms, a brightness of 300 cd / m² and a dynamic contrast ratio of 100 000 000: 1, no less ...

The viewing angles on their side reach 170 ° 160 ° horizontal and vertical, while the VGA, DVI and HDMI 1.4 (x3) available. Two 2W speakers are finally integrated into the screen.

TDJ: alims 650 to 1000 watts

Our fellow Cowcotland has recently updated its comparative power 80Plus certified and displaying a power between 650 and 1000 Watts. The LEPA G900 NAXN 750, Club 3D-CSP D700CB, Aurum FSP 700 and Antec True Power 750 watts New So come join the other 19 models already tested by our colleague. Verdict?

Intel ready to do anything for a tablet Honeycomb

Intel is doing a massive lobbying to convince manufacturers of tablets out Honeycomb models using its processors by offering significant discounts. That's what DigiTimes reports that Intel says is about to announce an Android 3.0/Intel after six months of negotiations with Google. The founder also offer a rebate of $ 10 per chip to manufacturers who agree to use its Atom Honeycomb in their systems.

Lenovo is preparing a shelf 23 inches

Lenovo expects to sell a bar of 23 inches by the end of the year, an official of the firm says it will be intended for private rooms. The goal is to transport the slate from room to room, applying it on the table to share with family or placed on a dock and serve as a PC all-in-one. Lenovo has already anticipated the criticism and says he is working on weight and autonomy of its product.

He also explains that this tablet is obviously not for mobile use, but should serve as a television or computer inside the home. We still remain skeptical, mainly because the price of such a product should remain prohibitive. It will remain more expensive than a PC and less convenient than a normal-sized tablet.

Slate attack all support multimedia

Google has released a study that says that tablets replace not only computers but also televisions, and other multimedia. The stakes are high because Google believes that 165 million tablets will be sold during the next two years. Last March, he has surveyed a representative sample of 1430 consumers with slates to track their digital consumption.

Some results are predictable and seem to support the vision of Steve Jobs. If 72% of respondents say that the tablet is not their primary computer, 77% say they spend less time on their machines before and 43% spend more time on this new medium to their PC. What is interesting is that the survey also shows that for obtaining a slate, the use of a paper book, a radio, a smartphone and even television is neglected in favor of the shelf, probably because it can unify all these uses.

There would be too Foundry

According to a report published by Gartner analysts who are joined by experts from HSBC and IBS, manufacturers of semiconductors currently have an excessive number of production lines, which will be damaging in the long term. They studied the expansion plans and the application of TSMC Globalfoundries, Samsung and UMC.

Analysts said the projects would be too ambitious in relation to the application and consequences should be felt at the end of this year or early next year. IBS goes so far as to say that the negative consequences of this overestimation of demand may affect until 2013. Specifically, according to IBS, demand should reach 127,000 transistors wafers per month, but production capacity will be 262,000 wafers per month.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520, Fermi to a minimum

NVIDIA has just released the new GeForce GT 520, entry level solution targeted primarily at the family Fermi OEM market that the producer himself did not disdain to compare the solutions with integrated graphics. Like the sisters, even the GeForce GT 520 supports DirectX 11, the decoding of video content Full HD Blu-ray format in stereoscopic 3D.

The specifications of this card include: Stream Processor: 48Core clock: 810 MHzShaders Clock: 1620 MHzMemory clock: 535 MHz (1070 MHz DDR) Memory type: DDR3 Bandwidth: 64-bit Output: DVI / HDMI / VGABus Interface: PCI-Express 2.0