COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Another post, another green-labeled NVIDIA superhero post. NVIDIA have come out, ripped their shirt, buttons flew everywhere and underneath? Kal-El. Kal-El is NVIDIA's new quad-core chip that will allow (and an example of it is below) true dynamic lightning on mobile devices as well as some mighty fine physics calculations such as fully modeled cloth motion.
This goes against the trend of pre-staged, static lights that we see on current mobile games. NVIDIA's new Kal-El chip will be the start of some truly great things in the mobile industry like lightning that moves, fluctuates in intensity and responds realistically to the environment, best of all; in real-time.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: NVIDIA have refreshed their notebook graphics by introducing the GeForce GTX560M. Dubbed as a no-compromise DX11 1080p gaming solution, could we finally be seeing the day where notebooks will be capable of 1080p gaming at decent frame rates? The GPU includes NVIDIA's staple high-end features such as DX11, PhysX tech, support for 3D Vision and SLI and of course Optimus technology on gaming notebooks from Toshiba and Alienware.
Most notebook manufacturers will pump the 560M now, including ASUS, Alienware, MSI and Toshiba. Be sure to check the link out as there's a competition running where you could win an ASUS G74sx GeForce GTX 560M-powered 3D gaming notebook!
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: NVIDIA today announce an addition to the NVIDIA 3D Vision product family; NVIDIA 3D Vision wired glasses. The 3D Vision glasses that have been out since release have been wireless ones but NVIDIA are aiming toward getting these bad boys on as many heads as possible, wired glasses are now available for only $99.
The new glasses will include a 10-foot USB2.0 cable (with NVIDIA styling of black and green) and will enable anyone with an NVIDIA 3D Vision-capable monitor and system to enjoy NVIDIA's advanced active-shutter technology, which allows gamers and 3D enthusiasts to enjoy some of the best quality 3D content available today.
Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision at NVIDIA says:
3D Vision provides gamers and enthusiasts with the world's largest ecosystem of 3D products and features, 3D fans have been waiting for more affordable glasses, and we're expecting our new 3D Vision wired glasses to hit the sweet spot for them.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: ASUS! They've done it, something truly original in a market full of products that are so similar it's hard to choose between them. The ASUS PadFone consists of an Android-powered smartphone and tablet to dock the smartphone with. When the phone is 'docked', the tablet is able to be closed and the phone is then not visible.
Details are not available on exactly how this will work but full specs and functionality should be revealed tomorrow at Computex Taiwan.
More than 7,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, What is the best browser?
Almost half of the TweakTown readership believe that Firefox 4 is the best browser on the planet.
Next up trailing somewhat behind was Google Chrome 11 (that is now up to beta 13 mind you) and then Opera 11, IE9 and Safari 5 in that order.
If you haven't got Battlefield 3 on your wish list, haven't been up with the 12 minute gameplay footage or have to remove the rock you've been living under from your back, then you should know Battlefield 3 is going to redefine FPS gaming as we know it in the next 6 months. DICE have pushed their new graphics engine, Frostbite 2 into this game and the results are simply awe-inspiring.
EA's PWNED gets exclusive access to DICE (jealous!) and get to look under the hood at Battlefield 3. The video above shows off some never-before-seen footage and there's multiple interviews from Lead Designers down to the original map designers from Battlefield 2. I don't want to spoil too much, but the video is well worth it if you're interested in Battlefield 3, for those of you who aren't, feel free to google Justin Bieber.
Though Japan had initially bristled at having the troubled and user-compromising PlayStation Network go live again in Japan, Sony announced today that the PSN is back in its homeland, as well as the rest of Asia.
(graphic courtesy of Engadget- it was just too pretty / topical to not use)
After having lost an estimated $171 million in revenue from what will surely be known as the PSNightmare of 2011, this is at least somewhat good news. Tomorrow, the service will be up and running again in most of Asia, even Reluctant Japan- but users in South Korea and Hong Kong will have to hold their horses until the end of the month before they can expect the online service to return.
Either way, I'm sure sighs of relief are being heard all around Sony's offices as, hopefully, we come to the close of this ordeal. Press release after the break.
Netflix is in the final negotiations with film studio Miramax to add over 700 films to its content streaming service, according to the Wall Street Journal (sorry for non-subscribers- I do not, repeat do not support paywalls). Miramax has a substantial and fairly solid list of films, so this will mean all sorts of goodies for current Netflix subscribers. Negotiations will continue, as newer films such as Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men will not be immediately available.
Lately, online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, and even cable-to-mobile services offered by Time-Warner and Comcast have suffered from annoying disputes over rights to deliver content to devices, including the "number of screens", specific new content, and advertising rights. In my opinion, shouldn't we be moving towards a mobile-streaming model? With everything in the cloud these days, why wouldn't users be able to stream films for which they've already paid on every device they own? We should be able to use NFC technology to scan media or receipts for media that we've already purchased in order to obtain the right to stream that content, well, anywhere. Also, if, as a Netflix subscriber, you can already request pretty much any film in their library as a DVD mailed to your home, why can't you just opt to stream the film instead?
Hours after Google unveiled their new "Google Wallet" mobile payment system, both online auction site eBay and online payment provider PayPal slapped the Search Giant, as well as former PayPal employees like Osama Bedier with a lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets. The court filing reportedly alleged the following on Thursday evening:
By hiring Bedier, with his trade secret knowledge of PayPal's plans and understanding of Google's weaknesses as viewed by the industry leader, Google bought the most comprehensive and sophisticated critique of its own problems available. Google put Bedier in charge of its mobile payment business, virtually ensuring that Bedier would misappropriate PayPal's trade secrets concerning planning and competitive assessments in mobile payment.
Bedier had evidently been drawn to Google at the behest of a Stephanie Telenious, a former eBay executive herself. When a former executive of a company that used to exclusively utilize a payments service from a company of which said executive lures to her current company of employment just in time to launch a service in the exact same domain- yeah, that's pretty dodgy guys, not going to lie.
Brought to in conjunction with Haus of Gaga (if that doesn't sound like a brothel for babies, I don't know what does), Polaroid has announced for June the first in their Gaga-designed "Grey Label" (GL) product line: the Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer. The device utilizes Polaroid's "Zink" technology (zero-ink) to instantly print high quality 3"x4" pictures straight from your mobile device. If there were any doubt about Gaga's involvement, note the marketing speak in the press release:
...frees digital images trapped on hard drives and cell phones.
The GL10 retails for $170, available now through pre-order. Next up, hopefully we see Polaroid/Gaga's photo-snapping glasses originally spoken of at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show that will surely pair quite nicely with this printer. See below for product specs, or hit the site above to preorder.