The latest happenings from around the web - April 12th, 2011
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks
- The State of Overclocking on Intel Motherboards @ Techgage
- KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1024MB, Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI Graphics Cards @ ixbtlabs
- HIS 6870 IceQ X TURBO X @ Viperlair
- Club3D GeForce GTX 550 Ti CoolStream OC Edition @ Metku
- Asus EAH6850 HD Graphics Card @ OverclockersHQ
- Sapphire 5830 and 5850 Xtreme @ Pureoverclock
Antec are releasing something special for their 25th anniversary (btw, congrats Antec!) by releasing the Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 maximum-performance CPU cooler. Antec developed the KÜHLER H2O 920 in conjunction with Asetek, who are an industry-leading supplier of OEM liquid cooling systems for computers. The KÜHLER H2O 920 is an advancement on the popular KÜHLER H2O 620 with several upgrades that allow it to deliver better cooling results to your CPU.
The KÜHLER H2O 920 features a double-thick radiator with two 120mm fans as well as an interactive fan control in the form of Asetek's ChillControl software. The KÜHLER H2O 920 has some seriously great features and with it being only the second liquid-cooler from Antec, I'm quite excited to see what the future holds for Antec.
Intel put on a series of demo's at Day 0 of IDF Beijing 2011 showing off various ways that camera recognition, both facial and gesture, could be applied to everyday life.
The first demo controlled an avatar by mapping the human face to cause the avatar to animate on-screen characters to precisely replicate mimic facial expressions and head movement. The second demo has been making the rounds but we still love it since the idea of having in on our home TV excites since it would make looking at photo's a more interactive experience. One can control and navigate the user interface with the wave of a hand as well as zoom and rotate.
It is like having a Kinect, but all you need is a webcam! The big one that I thought was the best of the bunch was facial recognition to deliver directed personal advertising. That's right, your TV will watch you figure out how many males and females are in the room, whether they are young or old and even detect if they are happy or sad. Based on this information they will then service an appropriate targeted ad. Creepy, just a little.
The final demo takes that creep factor to the next level as your TV will identify you personally, and then it will suggest shows for you based on your viewing habits. The technology will continue to watch you to see if you are enjoying the program and even note if you are looking away from the screen.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 SP1x (17.47).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
The Overclocker Issue 14 is now out for your viewing pleasure, if you haven't heard of The Overclocker before, it's the world's first magazine that is dedicated exclusively to overclocking and binding the world's overclocking communities together. Seriously, that's what they say! It's a great read and has a great bunch of people behind it.
If you haven't heard of it, I suggest you take a look at it - the new issue and previous issues are all available by clicking here.
Some huge exclusives for The Overclocker, Massman hits up the X58A-OC, Game changer - the second coming. They also have an in-depth interview with Splave, winner of MOA USA 2011 and finally, Xyla from Overclocking-TV spends time with some of the Intel Performance engineers.
Deal of the Day: 4.3" Color GPS Navigation System with Text-To-Speech and Turn-By-Turn Voice Prompts for $29.99
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 4.3" Color GPS Navigation System with Text-To-Speech and Turn-By-Turn Voice Prompts for $29.99!.
Offer: This 4.3" color LCD equipped GPS navigation system is just $29.99 at Best Buy. You can pay $6.99 shipping, or pick it up locally for free. It's decided not the easiest to use GPS, but you can hack it and put on TomTom software or Mio. INSIGNIA NS-NAV01 GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM DEAL
Sony are launching their Next Generation Portable (NGP) at the end of the year and in preparation for this, they have dropped the price of the current PSP. Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have announced a new price of $189.95 for the PSP-3000 system, with the previous price being $279.95.
Sony did the same thing in the US last year cutting the PSP price by US$40, from US$170 to US$130. The launch price in the US was US$250. SCEA have also announced that starting April 14, PSP owners will have access to Music Unlimited, a new cloud-based digital music subscription service, via their PSN IDs.
The service will allow users to listen to music as well as provide access to personalised music channels and synchronisation through the PlayStation 3, PC and other network-enabled Sony devices.
With most sites attacking competitors of Apple's App Store for ripping off the design or name, I don't see ways around it without users feeling giant differences between sites, alienating users because they're used to the look of one App Store versus another. Enter Microsoft and the upcoming most-likely-to-be-awesome OS, Windows 8.
An early build is hinting at a more unified OS which is hoping to strike the same chord with users that Apple is doing with OS X/iOS. The screenshot above shows what it would look like and while it looks virtually identical to the Chrome Store and App Store, it will be a great addition to Windows and I'm glad that Microsoft are getting the App Store in this early in the builds for Windows 8.
Bethesda have sent word that their upcoming FPS, Brink, will be arriving a week earlier in all territories. The US gets a release date of May 10th instead of the 17th with Euro-based fans getting a release on May 13th instead of the 20th. Bethesda's official statement is:
Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn't see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready," said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. "It's apparent from the tremendous reaction so far that people are eager to jump online and play, and if we can make that happen earlier - we're going to.
Peter Jackson is shooting "The Hobbit" at 48fps, the movie industry gets a glimmer of hope for quality changes
The man of many Lord of the Ring fans wet dreams, Peter Jackson, is currently shooting The Hobbit and has taken some time out of his busy schedule to update the official Facebook account with some info on The Hobbit. He posted some production photos and an article explaining why he has decided to shoot the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel at 48 frames per second. He even took time to address critics of the move to 48fps:
Film purists will criticize the lack of blur and strobing artifacts, but all of our crew-many of whom are film purists-are now converts. You get used to this new look very quickly and it becomes a much more lifelike and comfortable viewing experience. It's similar to the moment when vinyl records were supplanted by digital CDs. There's no doubt in my mind that we're heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates. Warner Bros. have been very supportive, and allowed us to start shooting THE HOBBIT at 48 fps, despite there never having been a wide release feature film filmed at this higher frame rate. We are hopeful that there will be enough theaters capable of projecting 48 fps by the time The Hobbit comes out where we can seriously explore that possibility with Warner Bros.