Zynga's CityVille is an unstoppable train that is just exploding out in all directions. It's the largest Facebook application ever and has only been around for just over a month after launching in December 2010.
Zynga have added 20 more levels to CityVille bringing the game up to a maximum level of 80. Currently I'm Level 31 (yes the game is addictive, I'm playing it because I told my mate that I'd beat him, haha). You might think this means nothing, but it's rumored that Zynga are paying Facebook $30 million per month for their 30% cut.
Epson has projectors that are for mobile pros, education, and home theater fans in its line up and many of the offerings from the company are among the best in their classes. Epson has announced today that it has two new projectors going into the line aimed at education use. The projectors would work equally as well in the office and other settings too.
The new projectors are the PowerLite 905 and 915W. The projectors are similar with the differences being brightness and resolution. The 905 sells for $999 and has 3000 lumens of white and color light output with XGA resolution. The 915W has 3200 lumens of color and white light output with WXGA resolution and sells for $1099.
Other features of the two are common like HDMI inputs, 16W speakers, and mic inputs. The projectors have plug and play capability for showing presentations from a computer. They can be turned on and off from a wall switch and the projectors have a 1.6 x optical zoom. Both of the projectors will ship in March around the country online and in stores.
Digital cameras are sort of like apps for smartphones in that there is a camera for just about every need. You can find lots of entry-level digital cameras for people shopping based on price, there are also lots of cameras covering all other needs from mainstream up to super zoom and interchangeable lens cameras.
Sony has announced a pair of new cameras that fall into the higher-end of the point and shoot market. The new cameras are the HX100V and the HX9V. The two are both super zoom offerings that share many of the same features. The cameras are both 16.2MP cameras with Exmor CMOS sensors. They both have Sweep Panorama feature, and both have a 3-inch rear LCD.
They are also both able to record 1080p HD video at 60 fps and shoot 3MP still photos while recording video as well. The difference between the two boils down to zoom range. The HX100V has a 30x zoom lens and the HX9V has a 16x optical zoom lens. The HX100V will sell for $450 and the HX9V will sell for $350 with both hitting the Sony Style store in February.
Gigabyte is one of the more popular computer hardware makers in the industry with a variety of mainboards and video cards that range from entry level to high-end enthusiast offerings. Today Gigabyte has unveiled a pair of new entry-level video cards using the NVIDIA GT 440 GPU. The video cards include the GV-N440TC-1GI and GV-N440D3-1GI.
Both of the cards use the same GT 440 GPU that supports DirectX 11, 3D, CUDA and a lot more. Both of the cards have D-sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity. The N440D3 has 1GB of DDR3 RAM inside that is clocked at 1800MHz. The core clock for the GPU is 830MHz and the shader clock is 1660MHz.
The N440TC has 512MB of TurboCache GDDR5 RAM onboard had a clock speed of 830MHz. The RAM is clocked at 3200MHz and the shaders are clocked at 1660MHz. Both of the video cards are RoHS compliant and the GPUs use 40nm technology. Pricing and availability on the cards is unknown at this time.
Intel announced yesterday that it was having to redesign the Cougar Point chipset that goes with the Sandy Bridge platform. The chipsets are being redesigned and affected units that were already sold will be recalled and repaired. There are a lot of companies that will be having to get machines from customers to get the issue fixed.
The culprit for the degrading IO performance over time has been singled out. Engadget reports that the issue with the chipset comes down to a single transistor on the board that has a higher current leakage than the chipset can tolerate. The issue can apparently also make the SATA port fail completely.
Originally, we had understood that the issue would only degrade performance. It's worth noting that if you are on a board that is affected by this issue that has SATA ports that are controlled by a third party controller, they are not affected.
We talked a bit about the Toshiba NB550D netbook with the AMD Fusion APU yesterday when it got unboxed. The gang over at Netbooknews also posted up some benchmarks for the new Fusion processor inside the machine to give us an idea how well the netbook performs. The machine has the C-50 APU running at 1GHz and a HD 6250 GPU that supports DirectX 11.
The geeks playing with the system ran 3DMark06 on it and the total score was 1889 3Dmarks. They point out that the score is 120 points higher than the preproduction version of the same notebook they had benchmark before. They upgraded the RAM to 4GB and the score stayed the same. The 3DMark06 score puts the machine ahead of some netbooks, put well behind the score the Atom D525 packing rigs like the Revio 3700 from Acer that put down 2898.
The machine was also ran through 3DMark03 and scored 4854 3DMarks. That is quite a bit better than the Aspire One 532G at 3029 according to Netbooknews. Rounding out the benchmarks is CrystalMark with the score of 37,648. The geeks also used the netbook for some gaming at 1024 x 600 on Crysis and others and the games played without issues.
Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 2.02.253.
Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.
When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.
At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.
Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag
Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation
Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly
Full Windows OS and Multi-lingual support
Boot time defrag of system files
Supports 37 major languages
Defraggler is made by Piriform, the company that also brought you CCleaner and Recuva, so is completely free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - ViewSonic G-Tablet 10.1" Android 2.2 Tablet - $379.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Pretty sweet deal on this new ViewSonic G-Tablet 10.1" Android 2.2 Tablet. It's got some great specs and is apparently very rootable.
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 Processor
- 10.1" TFT-LCD with LED driver system and 1024x600 resolution
- 512MB DRR RAM
- 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via SD Card)
- Google Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 1.3-megapixel Front Camera
- 1080p Video Output
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- 3650mAh Li-ion polymer battery (10 hours)
If you want to learn how to install custom ROMs, then you need to read up XDA.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 1st, 2011
- Asus U41JF-A1 Laptop @ Techreviewsource
- Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5126 AMD E-240 15-in Notebook Preview @ PC Perspective
- Intel finds flaw in 6-series chipsets, halts shipments @ Tech Report
- Intel halts production/shipment of 6-series chipsets with SATA flaw found @ PC Perspective
- Nearly 8 Million Faulty 6 Series Chipsets Called Back By Intel @ Legit Reviews
- Catalyst Drivers On The HD 6970 - 11.1a/11.1/10.12 Compared @ Tech Reaction
- Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti SONIC Edition @ Neoseeker
Last night you probably heard all the news about Intel only just discovering an issue with the Sandy Bridge chipset. We are using the GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard in the Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System and that is one of the many affected products on the market.
The issue of degrading performance and possibly even data corruption over time is seen when using the SATA II ports on motherboards that are powered by the Intel P67 chipset. The Intel SATA III ports are not affected, nor are the SATA ports powered by the two Marvell 88SE9128 chips that are featured on the GA-P67A-UD7.
The Dream System comes with a total of five drives: two Corsair Force F120 120GB SSDs and three Western Digital Black 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s HDDs. Our solution to dodge the problem altogether is running both Corsair SSDs on the SATA III ports (still in RAID 0) and two out of the three Western Digital hard drives on the Marvell controlled SATA ports. As for the third drive from WD, Thermaltake has stepped up to the plate once again and is throwing in one of their Max 5G USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosures. We did intend on adding in a high-end PCI-E RAID controller to take care of this issue, but all of the PCI Express x16 slots are accounted for by use of the three SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB video cards in lovely Crossfire.