Remember Gran Turismo? Well, you won't after watching the below video. Shift 2: Unleashed has its eyes on the prize and judging by this video it looks like it's going to take the #1 position on the podium.
The trailer features some insane eye-candy, and even more insane levels of realism. You can see the depth the team as gone into to make Shift 2 Unleashed a near-realistic driving game. For those of you who don't own steering wheels, I'm pretty sure Logitech just saw me posting this news and have started production on some new steering wheels.
Apple has let the Lion out of its den and out to developers around the world. Apple's OS X 10.7 "Lion" is Apple's next-gen personal computer operating system and a preview build has been released to developers, it is much different to the current Snow Leopard in that it merges bits of iOS into the new operating system.
Apple states this in their press release as "some of the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac." The results? 10.7 is built around the Mac OS X app store and multi-touch, a new Launchpad offers the ability for users to arrange and run apps similar to how they would on an iOS-based device. There's also a new feature called "Mission Control" which allows users to use the multi-touch input to preview and switch between apps that are currently running.
The trailer to Bethesda's latest Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, has been released and boy does it look impressive. We finally get to see the game in action with it's brand-new, built from the ground up graphics engine.
Impressive, huh? The UI looks very slick with nothing to interfere with your fight for survival. It really increases the atmosphere (for me at least, and just in a video) as you're not constantly checking stats. The trailer shows off some impressive fighting (you versus a freakin' dragon!) and shows off some of the levels in which the graphics are fantastic.
Google is a monster that never sleeps, it never stops pumping out new ideas and features to it's ever-growing collection of doom. The latest? Google Recipe View. Google Recipe View helps you find recipes across the web.
After searching for a recipe or ingredient, you'll now have the ability to click the little knife and spoon icon on the left of Google's site and will have options to choose from such as ingredients, cook time or calories. Usually when searching for a recipe or ingredients, you'd get lots of results but most of them wouldn't be for recipes - now you can narrow that search to just display recipes.
SandForce has laid another punch into the gut of the storage world by releasing their new controllers that double the performance of their previous releases. The new SF-2100 controller features a SATA 3Gb/s connector while the SF-2200 sports a SATA 6Gb/s.
The SF-2100 is capable of read/write speeds of up to 250MB/sec while it's beefier, bigger brother can offer read/write speeds of up to 500MB/sec. Both controllers use SandForce's "DuraClass" technology which features DuraWrite, Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements (RAISE) and AES encryption technologies.
Apple has unleashed their 2011 edition MacBook Pro's and they're a beautiful sight. They sport Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, AMD 6000 series mobile GPU's and they also include the first introduction of Intel's LightPeak tech, now called Thunderbolt.
The new MacBook Pro range comes in 3 different sizes, 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch. The 13-inch MBP features a dual-core i5 or i7 chip while the 15 and 17-inch models feature quad-core Sandy Bridge goodness. All models include Intel's integrated graphics while the 15 and 17-inch feature AMD Radeon GPU's. All models feature the new Thunderbolt technology which is capable of 10Gbps bi-directional.
We've heard (and seen at demo events) some exciting development in the way of a new, super fast proprietory optical cable interface designed by Intel that boasts some mega impressive capabilities, even outshining those of USB 3.0 in some respects.
Many of you would have heard bits and pieces about this technology here and there since mid 2010 - dubbed "Light Peak" throughout its development phase.
Well folks, today is the day Intel announces it to the world with its formal name,"Thunderbolt Technology". This new high-speed PC connection technology operates at up to 10Gbps and thanks to the gobs of bandwidth on tap by harnessing PCI Express and DisplayPort communications methods, it supports both data and (HD) display on a single cable, allowing for a more simplistic connectivity mechanism and new possibilities for PC use.
We are now 29 days into the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and it is time for another update on the donations we have received so far.
At this very moment, the donations total $5,989.75 AUD - yes, some of you donated odd amounts like $11 and $16, but thanks all the same for the extra. It all counts! We have converted to Australian Dollars since that is what will be given.
Happily we are now well above our $5,000 USD minimum, but still a ways short of our target of $10,000 USD. The first end date for the appeal is Feb 26, 2011, but as mentioned in the original news post, we may extend up to March 31st in one week intervals if required.
We have decided to extend till March 5th, at which time we will end and announce the winner on the 8th of March.
On behalf of the whole TweakTown team and all of the lovely sponsors involved, I would like to thank each and every one of you for donating so far. Please remember to tweet, post on Facebook, tell all your friends and scream from your balcony about the TweakTown Aussie Flood Appeal and let's try and hit our amazing target of $10,000 USD for all the people in Australia who have witnessed basically the worst Mother Nature can throw at them.
MWC 2011 - MWC has come to an end and looking back at the show news we thought we would share with you the product that induced the most giggles - Japanese carrier DoCoMo was showcasing a touchable 3D display.
We've got a glasses free 3D display that employs force feedback by sending an electric current to a coil embedded behind the 3D display according to the position of the pen. Since there is no contact with the screen the pen is tracked using two cameras, which has a magnet at its tip to interact with the resulting magnetic field.
In the video above you'll see a cartoon chameleon lashing his tongue out at your pen causing it to fly out of your hand if you held it loosely enough. We have no word on when DoCoMo might be employing this technology in their lineup, but since its Japan we aren't tucking it away as proof of concept and will keep an eye out for this throughout the year.
Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.3.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
Full unicode support.
Easily customizable user interface layout.
Advanced tagging capabilities.
Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
Full ReplayGain support.
Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.1.3
- Fixed crashing on newest AMD processors.