Roughly a month ago Apple unveiled the developer preview of their upcoming OS X Lion. It appears Apple have been hard at work and have ironed out the bugs with their Mac App Store distribution.
Apple are reportedly getting ready to deploy an OS X Lion update to developers that they may be calling a "GM1" release. "GM" stands for "Golden Master" and is a name that gets given to software that is complete. Could Lion be nearly ready? Maybe, maybe not.
The latest happenings from around the web - March 27th, 2011
- Apple iPad 2: The TechSpot @ Techspots
- ASUS Officially Launches Eee Pad Transformer in Taiwan @ Netbooknews
- ASRock Core 100HT Home Theater PC @ Legit Reviews
- Eee Pad Transformer officially launched, one of the most affordable Tegra 2 tablets @ VR-Zone
- Apple iPad 2 @ tbreak
- Low-End Sandy Bridge Graphics Performance @ Phoronix
- AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition @ RBMods
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Graphics Card @ ixbtlabs
This is something that is quite close to me, the difference between high FPS and low FPS. I'm an avid 60 fps or more fan and run a triple monitor setup comprising of Alienware AW2310, 120hz screens. It's amazing and I traded my 30" HP LP3065 for it.
The above link shows the difference between a square block bouncing up and down in three FPS settings, 15fps, 30fps and 60fps. 15fps is instantly visible as jerky, 30fps is a little better but 60fps is quite fluid. What I hope is next-gen consoles feature 60fps minimum at 1920x1080 which I am personally confident is easily attainable with current hardware.
Over 2,500 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, AMD Fusion platforms: Hot or Not in 2011?
Over half of the TweakTown readership believe that AMD Fusion platforms will be hot this year. That is good news for AMD who needs all they can get at the moment.
So far, from what we have seen, the platform does look to be the goods. Overall AMD sales will tell the real story as we evaluate next year.
Apple's iOS 4.3.1 update has gone live and is available for your iOS-based device right now. But, if you're not experiencing any of the problems listed in the bugfix changelog, it's always good to remember the age old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Jailbreakers note: Jailbreakers have not confirmed whether Apple have changed any of the underlying structure or not, what does this mean you ask? Well, a jailbreak for 4.3.1 might be much further away than a jailbreak for 4.3 - but, if you aren't jailbroken, then by all means - go forth and grab it from
the most amazing program in the world, iTunes.
Ah, GPU wars - don't you just love them? NVIDIA have recently released their explosive GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU video card and stated that it was the "World's Fastest Graphics Card" yet, never proved this with an industry-standard benchmark like 3DMark 11.
AMD have called them out on this and directly asked NVIDIA to "prove it, don't just say it". Dem be fighting words meester. Fisty Cuffs, go! AMD also listed a bunch of review sites pointing to their HD 6990 beating out the GTX 590. Salt, wound, hurt.
Everyone's favorite search engine today adds its 146th interface language: Cherokee. Google has been working with the Cherokee Nation to translate its operating interface to Cherokee as an effort to stave off what could be potential extinction for the now-endangered language. In a press release from the Cherokee Nation's official website, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said,
I believe that efforts like those of Google are essential to keeping our language alive.
The language option is available on one of the drop-down menus on google's home page, and for the select people that don't have a physical Cherokee Keyboard, a digital version is available, made possible by Google's Virtual Keyboard API.
Following up on their first support initiative the week of the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, EA will be donating all of the proceeds from FIFA Ultimate Team pack sales for tomorrow only. The FUT packs are virtual "packs" of trading cards that translate to players you can manage and add to your team. You can also trade items and actions with other players, much like actual trading cards. EA hopes to utilize the international passion for Football (re: Soccer for all you Americans) to promote and provide further aid to Japan after the series of tragic events that befell the country last less than two weeks ago:
We know that football is a unifying force around the world, and we hope that our fans will join us in harnessing this positive force to help raise money for those that need help.
The promotion begins at 00:01 GMT Saturday March 26 and will continue for the following 24 hours. You can see the original post and learn more about how to give back with FUT on EA's blog.
New Yorkers: if you're partying around the Union Square area of Manhattan tomorrow night, you would be remiss to not consider video games and food trucks.
If you've been following us, you know that we had a chance to check out the Nintendo 3DS at both the 2011 Game Developer's Conference and the Pier 39 Nintendo Pod.
At midnight tomorrow, the 26th of March, Nintendo will go live with its brand-new hand-held game system and its active 3D engine. To celebrate the event, Nintendo is hosting a gigantic party at the Best Buy in Union Square in Manhattan, starting at noon tomorrow. Nintendo will be set up in Union Square Park during the day, providing the crowds with live music and even more opportunities to test out the 3DS before it becomes available for sale that night. Players will have the chance to play nintendogs + cats, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Madden NFL Football, LEGO Star Wars III, and Asphalt 3D. Nintendo has also said that they will be featuring their augmented reality games like Face Raiders. Be assured that lots of Nintendo SWAG will be given out, and I imagine even a few raffles. Who knows? Also, the first 300 people to buy a 3DS once the clock strikes midnight receive a "special" carrying case.
Food trucks? Live music? Video games? Free stuff?
I smell a cheap date night...