The latest happenings from around the web - March 25th, 2011
- Acer Aspire One 522-BZ897 Notebook @ TechReviewsource
- "Dead Calm": Nofen Set A40 Fanless System @ XBit Labs
- Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (2011) @ Digitaltrends
- Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800 @ OCIA
- Exceleram EP3001A 6GIG Kit @ XtremeComputing
Video/Monitor (NVIDIA GTX 590 Launch)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review: Dual-GPU Wars @ Techspot
- ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3 GB @ Techpowerup
This is a definite "do not try this at home", kids.
"Jump Master" US Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker was leaning out the side of a plane traveling at about 150 miles per hour when his iPhone 4 slipped out of his pocket. iLounge, to whom Walker originally emailed his testament (SPOILER ALERT: It was typed out and emailed on the same iPhone!), reported that immediately after losing the phone, Walker thought to himself
Well, guess I'll be buying a new phone.
Yeah. I'm sure that's exactly what he was thinking after dropping his phone out of an effing plane.
Walker reportedly used the "Find My iPhone" app on a friend's phone to locate the fallen phone. Walker probably had no hope whatsoever that the phone still functioned, but evidently wanted to back up his data (is Angry Birds really that addictive? Yes, yes it is).
I'm sure Walker was delighted to find that not only was his data intact, but the rest of the phone too. Walker speculated that the trees and brush may have slowed the iPhone 4's fall (doesn't that sound like a punchline?), but it was reportedly protected by a third-party Griffin Motif TPU case as well as a metal backing.
Now tell me this isn't the best advertisement that Griffin could possibly hope for.
San Jose-based OCZ Technology Group has shipped its 1,000,000th Solid State Drive. This is exciting news for both OCZ and the general computing population, as SSD drives have the potential to run faster while being extensively more durable than our old-school spinning hard drives. SSD's have been used in the military for years now as a much more plausible alternative to something that would probably shake apart at Mach 1.
SSD drives still have a similar performance rate to Hard Disks, and are generally a lot more expensive. The 1,000,000 mark for OCZ signifies a greater interest and usage, meaning that the various hardware operating systems will begin to update more and more to accommodate SSD's.
SAN JOSE, CA - March 24, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that it has shipped its one millionth solid state drive.
"Solid state drives continue to represent a game-changing technology for both consumers and enterprise clients, and we are proud to achieve this milestone," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ. "But most of all, I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our loyal customers and partners, without whom this success would not be possible."
OCZ offers a broad array of interface options for solid state drives including
The good folks over at Raptr have designed a cool info-graphic to inform you of some nifty stats regarding everyone's favorite fighting game. I love seeing how many hours it takes on average to complete a certain task, especially if you've been playing for the past few weeks and haven't really kept track of how often.
Excited you unlocked all the achievements? It probably only took you 40 hours. Then again, I've certainly logged 3x-4x more on certain SNES & PlayStation Original RPG's. (That's right kids, RPG's existed before World of Warcraft, and you didn't play them online).
Unsurprisingly, the top played team is Wolverine, X-23 and Deadpool. Wolverine has been the easiest and most efficent Marvel fighter character since the days of Marvel Superheroes (Also PSOne); Deadpool is the coolest character ever, medium notwithstanding; X-23 has a certain novelty, and she rounds out the "Weapon-X" theme.
My personal preference is Deadpool, Sentinel, Dante. What about yours?
I digress; here's the infographic (after the break):
Well not really. Or rather, not yet.
Columbia doctors want to use Watson to diagnose patients, so they've been testing "him" for almost a year to see how the trivia super computer stacks up in medical problem-solving.
The project is led by Herbert Chase, a professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Through a series of tests, questions, inquiries, and experiments, Chase hopes to retrofit the knowledge bot with an understanding of diagnostic medicine.
"It's been impossible for probably 20 or 30 years for a human to process the information required to practice medicine at the highest, evidence-based, guideline-based level,"Chase said in the Columbia news release.
Evidently, the minute "trouble" that Watson had with some of the JEOPARDY! questions is a bonus for the researchers. During the popular game show, contestants got a live feed of Watson's logic processing in reference to the posed question (answer?). There were often two or three wrong answers with probability factors accompanying each possibility. The stakes are a much higher in medicine, as well as the vast amount of information available. Try entering in "headache" as a symptom in any web-based diagnosis site and you'll get hits on everything from Hangover to Brain Tumor.
Duke Nukem Forever has been delayed. Again. Yes, after a 15 year development period, Gearbox then taking over the development, it has been delayed a month.
The above video features the Gearbox man himself Randy Pitchford talking about the release and then someone coming in and changing the release date. Tears, absolute tears. But, one month shouldn't be too bad. Let's hope that month is filled with polish, polish, polish.
Today I bring you a seriously in-depth machinima in the world of Grand Theft Auto 4, the video goes for around 15 minutes but is one of the best machinima clips I've ever seen. It's a hectic car chase scene where the laws of physics are completely torn apart, but hey, it's all in the name of fun!
What surprises me more is the guy behind it says he did it all from single player gaming, no mods or multiplayer - quite the achievement!!
This could be some seriously good news for Apple fans, there is news floating out there is a new update for Mac OS X bringing it up to version 10.6.7 for early 2011 MacBook Pro (Sandy Bridge).
The update appears to bring support natively for the following GPUs:
NVIDIA has had a great last 9 months, from the struggles of the initial Fermi launch with the lacklustre 400-series, they've come back very, very strong with the release of the GTX460 and the entire 500-series lineup. Today is no different with NVIDIA launching their new flagship GPU the GeForce GTX 590.
The GeForce GTX 590 is a dual-Fermi based design with two, yes two GTX580 cores on the one card. It is pretty insane but no different to other ventures like the GTX295 or AMD's Radeon HD6990. The card seems to hit and miss where it beats the HD6990, but feel free to check out a bunch of reviews:
Rumor has it that Valve is considering bringing its ever-so-popular gaming download portal, Steam, to iOS and Android-based devices. The rumors started when a meeting between Valve lead Gabe Newell and a steampowered.com forum member.
During this chat he confirmed that Steam will get a video recorder very soon, also he said they were looking into the iOS/Android platform for possible expansions with Steam.