The new beta also includes preliminary implementation of GPU-accelerated video. A user with the new beta who has a capable graphics card should see a decent decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode CPU usage is touted to drop by as much as 80-percent! For notebooks this should give you a substantial increase in battery life.
It was rumored earlier this year but now it has been confirmed - Microsoft are releasing the Kinect for Windows SDK. Microsoft have said "It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system-such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."
Commercial licensing details will arrive sometime after that. The blog also goes on to say "The possibilities are endless. Natural and intuitive technologies such as Kinect can be more than just a great platform for gaming and entertainment. They open up enormous opportunities across a wide variety of scenarios, including addressing societal issues in areas such as healthcare and education."
Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.57.
CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.
Name and number.
Core stepping and process.
Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
Supported instructions sets.
All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).
Vendor, model and revision.
BIOS model and date.
Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
Frequency and timings.
Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
Windows and DirectX version.
Supertouch has put the magic touch on the Kinect, by allowing some pretty amazing hacks to happen. It allows an iPhone or iPad to be used as an accessory. It's not quite there yet, but with 100's of millions of iOS customers by the end of this year, it's quite a big deal.
The iPhone and iPad are used to send balls into Kinect Dodgeball, obviously this is not standard but some next-gen polish on upcoming consoles allowing them to communicate and use Smartphones as controllers, or extra accessories would be very, very cool.
Telstra are set to open 100 new stores over the next three years, the stores will feature a simpler product range and accessories tailored to suit local markets, Telstra chief executive David Thodey said. "Our existing stores welcome around 30 million customer visits each year, and this initiative means our retail outlets will now appear in even more locations, making it easier and more convenient for customers to interact with us," Mr Thodey said.
Telstra are also looking at a new online customer service unit to improve customer satisfaction with the boom in its customer base. The unit would develop ways for Telstra customers to do more of their transactions such as, changing plans, ordering new services, or activate additional features, online rather than having to call a call centre.
Samsung gave themselves a target with the Galaxy S, but that's in the smartphone world. The gimmick of 3D and lack of great substance in 3D movies is going to be a very large hurdle for Samsung to overcome this year.
But, they're expecting sales of 3D sets to jump by releasing new models and new technologies that Samsung say will enhance the 3D experience. Samsung's 2010 target for 3D sales was 2 million, this year brings a 500-percent increase in sales targets. Yoon Boo-geun, president of Samsung's visual display business told reports that Samsung expect to grab between 9 - 10 million 3DTV sales in 2011 and has hailed the so-called active shutter technology it uses.
Artwork for new boxes on Gigabyte, MSI, Asus motherboards has been signed off and sent to production
It looks as though the big motherboard players have their Sandy Bridge-based motherboards hitting revision 2.0 with new box designs being approved and sent for manufacturing. Gigabyte is now showing a "rev 1.0" on their website as the pic below shows:
Will the box-art bring a huge change to the look of the box itself, to differentiate between the "broken" 1.0 boards and the newer 2.0 boards? Only time will tell, but to calm to worry from customers I'm guessing the boxes will bring a change and most likely have a big sticker placed on them to stop people from worrying.
Rumor has it that Apple are set to use the new connector technology on their upcoming MacBook Pro update which is rumored to happen on February 24. Even if the MacBook Pro refresh doesn't include Light Peak, Apple are expected to use the technology in the future - but most likely under a different name.
Intel themselves have said that the first Light Peak products should pop up in the first half of 2011. If Apple have included it on their upcoming refresh of the MacBook Pro it would be a huge coup - as it's faster than USB 3.0, being capable of 10 gigabits per second in both directions, simultaneously.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 20th, 2011
- Gateway DX4320-45 @ Techreviewsource
- Asus E35M1-I Deluxe Fusion Mobo & Thermaltake Armor A30 @ Kitguru
- LLVM 2.9 Clang Performance On Intel's Sandy Bridge @ Phoronix
- ECS H55H-I @ CHW
- G.Skill RipJaws PC3-12800 CL7 4GB Kit @ RWLabs
- Corsair Dominator GT 2133 CL9 @ Ocaholic
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum @ Ultimate Hardware