The latest happenings from around the web - June 24th, 2011
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Motherboard @ Pureoverclock
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard @ Kitguru
- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- AMD's Dual Radeon Graphics for desktops unveiled @ VR-Zone
- Duke Nukem Forever 3D Vision Experience @ Benchmark Reviews
- EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3GB @ Hardware Canucks
Our Download of the Day today is Digsby Beta (build 91).
Digsby provides you with IM, email and Social networks in one easy to use application.
Instant Messaging - Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list.
Email Notifications - Digsby is an email notification tool that alerts you of new email and lets you perform actions such as 'Delete' or 'Report Spam' with just one click.
Social Networking - Digsby is a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new messages and gives you a live Newsfeed of what your friends are up to.
Version 38 onwards is a stub installer that includes numerous toolbars etc., we recommend you do not install these.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in build 91
* Bug Fixes
- Fixed a bug that caused Hotmail authentication to fail due to a protocol change
Deal of the Day: Panamax MFP-400 2-Outlet Flat-Panel Power Conditioner for $49.99 with FREE Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Crutchfield - $150 off! Panamax MFP-400 2-Outlet Flat-Panel Power Conditioner for $49.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Panamax's MFP-400 line conditioner/surge suppressor for flat panel TVs is just $49.99, a full $150 off their regular $199.99 price. It protects from both spikes and brownouts, with two fully isolated outlets, and has a lifetime $5,000,000 connected equipment warranty, and a lifetime warranty on the unit itself. You get 4 pages worth of Crutchfield CableLabels and Crutchfield lifetime tech support too.
Earlier on today here in Taipei we managed to cross paths with upcoming hardware from AMD and GIGABYTE. It is a good look at the hard work AMD has put into it Fusion APU technology and what GIGABYTE has done to seat it.
Specifically we met the upcoming GA-A75M-UD2H micro-ATX motherboard from GIGABYTE, which is based on the AMD A75 chipset with support for AMD Llano APU processors, using the FM1 socket configuration.
You may have seen this type of configuration before, but not like how you are going to see in the video above. We managed to overclock the AMD CPU from its default clock speed of 2.9GHz all the way up to 3.6GHz (150 x 24) using an FSB of 150MHz. In turn this also overclocked the DX11 Radeon HD GPU within the AMD APU from a core clock speed of 600MHz to 900MHz. This is really impressive and we even saw Crysis 2 running at 720p at around 40 - 45 frames per second and from a system without a video card (strange to look at, actually), that is rather good.
As you can see in the video above, we managed a 3DMark Vantage performance score of 6281, which is a world record for IGP. This new hardware setup from AMD and GIGABYTE will more than likely be on sale next week and for sure in popular stores next month.
Huge news! Valve have just announced that Team Fortress 2 is now a free to play game, permanently. The game will solely be supported by in-game item purchases only. Team Fortress 2 was in the middle of a "free week", and has now become amazingly, absolutely, free!
Valve's Robin Walker said "We've been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update, the data we got back from that update leads up to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product."
Adobe updates Flex, one tool, one framework and one code base that run on Web, desktops, smartphones and tablets
A few days ago Adobe released updated models of two of their tools, Flash Builder and Flex have been updated to version 4.5.1, boosting mobile application development support. The updated products support development of applications for various tech, Android, BlackBerry, RIM PlayBook and Apple iOS-based devices. The new upgraded versions of Flash Builder and Flex now cover all major mobile OSs for the first time with Flash Builder 4.5.1 and Flex 4.5.1.
Adobe said in a statement:
Using Flash Builder and Flex, enterprises can now use one tool, one framework and one code base to create high-performance applications that run on the Web and desktops as well as smartphones and tablets.
Team Bondi's 1940's themed crime thriller is making it's way to PC in the fall. The PC version is being developed by Rockstar Leeds and as of yet, does not have a concrete release date. Details on the game are out though, the PC version will feature customization such as keyboard remapping and gamepad functionality. It will also sport 3D compatibility, as well as increased fidelity and graphical enhancements versus the console variants.
I've played 30 or so minutes of the game and absolutely loved it, but now that I know it's coming out on PC with 3D support (!), I think I will wait and grab myself a copy via Steam. I'll keep you all posted on news of the PC release of L.A. Noire.
Eizo have unveiled their latest beast of a monitor, the 36-inch DuraVision FHD3601. The FHD3601 spots a native resolution of, wait for it, 4096x2160. The monitor is LED-backlit, features a 10-bit panel supporting 1074.74 million colors, 700cd/m2 brightness and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The viewing angle is 176 degrees which suggests that Eizo are using a Sharp ASV panel.
The DuraVision FHD3601 includes all the advanced technology Eizo has been developing for the past few years, inclusive of their human presence sensor and the Digital Uniformity Corrector (DUE) that ensures perfect light homogeneity. Eizo plan to launch this puppy in Japan on September 7, 2011 at a price of 2.88 million Yen, or approx US$36,000. Eizo hope the FHD3601 appeals to example flight control centers, oh and me.
Gabe Newell spoke to Joystiq at the 2011 Games for Change Festival and gave some thoughts on the upcoming next-gen Nintendo console. Gabe said that the Wii U console "sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance". He added that the advantages can help 'fit it' into Valve's own model for development scalability. I'm guessing this has something to do with the newly-released Intel Sandy Bridge-based tech, which is surprisingly powerful and when coded right (especially for a company like Valve) can help increase the minimum specs enormously.
What Gabe meant exactly is not known, but it looks like he would like to start (or has started?) developing a game for the Wii U. Will it be a new game, or a port of a current game we don't know. It could even be an exclusive for the Wii U. Nintendo's goals of winning the hearts of game developers is paying off, there's not many bigger than the Gabenator himself!
Below is a video presentation by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in which he shows off a "super confidential" device codenamed Sea Ray. Sea Ray looks virtually identical to the just-announced Nokia N9 and now includes a dedicated camera button and altered flash for the Windows Phone 7-based handset. There's not much info on the OS itself apart from Sea Ray is running Mango, which includes multitasking, IE9 browser and deeper third-party app support with more advanced home tiles and camera support.
In the video, Elop is adamant that the presentation not get out to the "blogosphere", but how would a video of this quality not get noticed and were the people not on NDAs or anything? Staged leak? Trying to drum up hype for the new Nokia built, Windows Phone 7-based handset? We have no idea, but whatever it is, it's out and on the tubes.