NVIDIA have just released the GeForce 290.36 drivers that are set to offer some improvements to a bunch of games, as well as adding support for some new BenQ 3D Vision-capable monitors.
First up we have some new SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate. PhysX has been updated to 9.11.11.07 which includes the best PhysX experience for Batman: Arkham City. For a full rundown on what 290.36 offers, check it out below:
AMD have obviously been very hard at work between gaming and working on new video cards, with the release of another driver in the form of Catalyst 11.11b performance driver.
This driver brings some Crossfire performance scaling to Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well as a bunch of improvements to other gamers such as Batman: Arkham City, RAGE, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and Battlefield 3. A full list of improvements is below:
Who would you guess out of the whole world, would have a one-of-a-kind Minecraft-themed "Top Notch" hat. Well, you'd be right if you guessed Minecraft creator himself, Markus "Notch" Persson, who was invited to play in Team Fortress 2's third Mixup event.
He played on RED, where he was teamed up with Valve's Jon Lippincott and Cobalt's Daniel Brynolf. They versed BLU which consisted of comprising film maker Freddy Wong, Valve's Robin Walker, and others. Notch took home the "Primeval Warrior" medal in one of the games, and Walker also presented him with the "Top Notch" hat.
The "Top Notch" hat is a cardboard box that resemble's Notch's avatar in the visual style of Minecraft. It's equippable by all classes, but because of its size, "it significantly clips with items that exist in the whole head, necklace, glasses, ears, face and beard equip regions". Right now, Notch is the only one who possesses the "Top Notch", with its description pretty cool also:
"Welcome to a secret society so exclusive it makes the Illuminati look like a Costco. How exclusive? You are the only member. This is the only item of its kind in all of existence. So don't craft it, Miney."
Rumor has it that Apple are planning to release a new 4-inch iPhone, if reports on MacoTakara are to be believed. They claim that both Sony and Hitachi have already begun preparing 4-inch LCD screens for a new iOS-based device which will be released in early 2012.
According to an Asian source, Hitachi Display, Ltd. and Sony Mobile Display Corporation started shipping 4-inch LCDs for a new iOS device and LCD for the iPad 3. These 2 companies will merge their business with Toshiba Mobile Display Co. Ltd., as "Japan Display" in spring 2012.
Crytek GmbH have in the last few days announced that they closed a licensing deal for CryENGINE 3, its proprietary real-time development solution, with Crystal CG, a world-leading digital image service provider.
Crystal CG is dedicated to providing customized solutions that use 3D digital visualization technologies and have worked on a few widely-recognized projects such as the "Grand opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics" as well as the "London 2012 Olympics mascot promotional film" as well as a number of various visual communication projects.
Well, this certainly is something to be careful of! Thailand has warned Facebook users that they could face some serious jail time for charges of lese-majeste, or insults to the kind, queen, heir or regent.
Thailand's Information and Communication Technology Minster, Anudith Nakornthap, says that even though Facebook clicks of 'like' or 'share' are only done to show support for messages, they could actually violate laws that carry sentences of between 3 and 15 years for each charge.
It looks as though Intel is preparing to retire the Celeron name and replace it with Pentium. Intel's Pentium name has been with us for over ten years now, and debuted as the high-end of processors for notebooks and desktops when it first stepped into the limelight.
Intel has positioned the Pentium line between the high-end Core range and the low-end Celeron range, but are reportedly aiming a new processor for its Pentium line in the server market. The new processor is the Pentium 350 and it is aimed at low-end servers. The Pentium 350 is a dual-core part, featuring 3MB cache and a low power draw of just 15W.
Israel-based CDN startup Cotendo is about to be sold to Akamai to the tune of $300 million. There has been no comment from either Cotendo or Akamai, with Akamai giving the usual response of "our policy is not to respond to rumors".
Cotendo has 90 employees and lists Google, Facebook, Microsoft and AOL amongst its customers. In addition to a number of VC funds, Cotendo has Citrix and Juniper as shareholders and strategic partners. Cotendo's revenues for 2011 are expected to reach between $20 and $30 million.
One year ago, MIT and Akamai filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cotendo, shortly after AT&T announced it will use Cotendo's technology.
Christian Bale's stint as the masked crusader, Batman, is finished. The filming of Batman - The Dark Knight Rises has wrapped, and while speaking to the Philippine Daily Enquirer, Bale said:
I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and Chris - that will be the end of that Batman era.
Motorola's DROID 4 is upon us, and we should see it slide onto Verizon on December 8 which is when Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is meant to drop. DROID 4 is pretty much what the DROID 3 should've been, but we're over that now, because it's nearly here.
DROID 4 sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, connection to the 4G LTE network through Verizon, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and water-repellent nanocoating to protect against spills, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 1785 mAh battery, 4.0-inch qHD display and most importantly, a 5-row slightout keyboard that sports side-lit keys. Tasty.
The below picture also shows how the DROID handsets have grown up, and the DROID 4 is definitely growing into something that will perk the interest of quite a few people. Exciting.