Nvidia Forceware 180 Preview

October 18, 2008

It is just a bet right now, but the Big Bang turned out to be multiple monitor support, which was suppose to come out in September. Being that it is a beta right now, its not working perfectly, but it still works. Also, apparently there is a little performance hit as well with running your multiple monitors in SLI.This all seems a little bit of a double edged sword. This will be really handy for those who run a TV as well as a computer display and have SLI. As switching off SLI to watch a movie or whatever on your second display gets old quick. However, if you use two displays side by side, then your still essentially only having one card per screen, only its just the top or bottom half or both screens.

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Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive For The Macbook

October 16, 2008

Price at $289, its pretty expensive yes but it looks cool! This slick black and white looking external blu-ray drive should compliment the new Apple Macbook perfectly. It allows you to burn both blu-ray and DVDs, so you can do pretty much what you want it, be it backup large amounts of data or just play movies etc. The thing I like most is that its USB powered, so no need to carry an adaptor, thoughts?

The Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive supports on the Quiet Drive Technology reduces the noise level of audio and video playback while also delivering increased writing reliability. Liquid Crystal Tilt/Blur Compensator plays and records to discs more reliably – the ad Research technology that compensates for warped discs. Dual/Double Layer recording provides nearly twice the capacity of a single layer recordable Blu-ray-R (25 Gbytes vs. 50 Gbytes).

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The Tri Channel Let Down

October 16, 2008

With Intels new core i7 came tri channel DDR3. There was a lot of speculation about what adding all the bandwidth would do, and apparently, it doesn’t do much. There was a comparison of an underclocked QX9770 vs the Bloomfield i7 940. In most of the test done, there were incremental increases in performance, and in some instances there was a performance hit.

I figure that Bloomfield is a chip of tomorrow, not of today, when we have native 64 bit systems and multithreaded everything, Bloomfield will have its relevance. As far as triple channel memory goes, it seems it doesn’t have a place yet on the desktop market, yet. So, what does all this mean? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see until the hardware actually comes out, but in the mean time, don’t be so quick to upgrade just yet.

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Apple Updates Macbook Series And Soon The iMac 24inch

October 14, 2008

Apple has released updates for Macbook, Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air. The iMac 24inch is set for a update in November 2008 and will be available in glossy black, which BTW looks amazing! As does the new glossy black Macbook, it appears to have gotten the best of the updates e.g. improved build quality, better batter life, LED screen, jump for a more detailed look at the apple blog.

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WPA2 Personal Cracked, Russian Company Claims

October 13, 2008

The Russian based security firm ElcomSoft is claiming to be able to crack WPA2 Personal wireless authentication security in a matter of weeks rather than years. According to their press release, they’ve employed purpose-written software which is powered with a backend of clustered, commodity-grade NVIDIA GPUs.

This all sounds rather alarming at face value. But how effective would their methods be in real-life application? Read on for my dissection of this development.

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Samsung U900 Soul Review

October 13, 2008

Today I’m reviewing the Samsung U900 ‘Soul’ Cell Phone.

Read on for my full review…

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Seagate To Enter SSD Market In 2009

October 11, 2008

Seagate will enter the solid state disk (SSD) market next year, making the switch from hard disk drives (HDD). They’ve set to target enterprise customers first before moving on to regular consumers like us! But first they need to convince corporate customers that a technology as new as solid-state storage is reliable!

As companies like Seagate start to demonstrate field-proven reliability and endurance in enterprise applications, we’ll overcome those (solid-state drive) endurance fears.

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Intel vs AMD Patent Battle

October 11, 2008

Apparently there is something going on between AMD and Intel, and from what it looks like Intel is trying to crush AMD, as well as crush its own outstanding anti-trust suits, which have been in question for some time now. Its not 100%, but it seems the patent in question is over the x86 architecture, which Intel says it will vigorously protect. AMD responded by saying that they nor their partners have infringed on any patents.

I think this is a whole lot of Intel BS, they are afraid of AMD’s new financial situation, via gaining wealth from the ATIC deal, and are afraid they are going to do something like they did with their Athlon 64’s. So now Intel is bringing up whatever they could find on their x86 patents. On a final note, i thought patents lasted from 15 to 20 years, X86 has been around since the beginning of time. (obviously not, but you get it.)

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Sanyo – Faster Higher Capacity Blu-ray disks

October 11, 2008

I’ll start by saying that it takes years for a technology like this to be accepted, but in the mean time, it would mean Blu-ray disks of 100GBs, as well as four layer disks all while being able to be written full within 10 minutes.

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Super Talent to Launch SSDs for EeePC

October 11, 2008

Super Talent is going to produce three different sized SSDs for the EeePC. A 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB drive at $53, $79, and $149. Those are some pretty sweet prices if you ask me. Not that you would want to upgrade your EeePC’s storage space anyway, no, not with the MASSIVE 8gbs you already have.. I kid, but those prices aren’t final, and they are set to go into production this November.

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