We all know that the Intel Sandy Bridge processors are on the horizon and with the parts will come the need for a new mainboard if you plan to upgrade. NVIDIA has issued a press release today that notes most major mainboard makers have licensed its SLI technology to put into their Sandy Bridge boards. The companies include Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and EVGA.
The SLI tech is licensed to use on the SLI-certified P67 mainboards. "The combined processing prowess of Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA SLI technology will provide consumers with the building blocks for the ultimate gaming PC platform," said Joel Christensen, General Manager of Intel Client Board Division at Intel Corporation. "Both NVIDIA and Intel continue to share a combined passion for furthering the PC as the definitive platform for gaming, and this combination will surely be attractive to anyone building or purchasing a brand new PC in 2011."
Growing up everyone I knew had one of the Polaroid instant cameras. My parents have photo albums of my youth that are packed with photos that came shooting out of the font of one of those instant cameras. My grandmother was always walking around shooting photos with the camera. The sound will forever be associated with Christmas for me and my cousins and I would fight over who got to shake the pic until it developed.
I was among the many who were disappointed when the cameras were discontinued. If you have fond memories of the camera, you can get a very limited edition run of refurbished units right now that work and everything. The cameras come from Photojojo and have been polished to look and work just as if they were new.
My mom had one of those rainbow ones when I was a kid and later bought the block one with the pop up flash. If you have these old cameras sitting around, you could make some serious Christmas cash. Photojojo is selling the 660 Sun for $200 and it comes with a pack of film too. When you need more film, you can get new packs of film for $20 to $23 with eight exposures.
Tron was the coolest film ever when I was a kid and the movie is still really cool. I spent many a Saturday in the arcade in the mall playing the Tron video game when I was a kid. I loved the light cycle game and the one where the face was inside all the swirling tiles you had to destroy. I recall there were several different games you could play on the arcade game, but I forget what the others were now. Disney Interactive Studios has announced a new Tron: Evolution video game to go with the flick launching this month.
The game is on every game console and on Windows as well. Not surprisingly considering it's based on what will be one of the biggest flicks of the year, the title is offered in a few versions for other game systems. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will sell for $59.99, which is the typical price of a new game. The Wii Version is $49.99 and is called Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids. The DS and PSP versions are $39.99 and the Windows game is $29.99.
The Apple iPad is selling in droves and is taking a bunch of sales away from the computer market. The wild popularity of the tablet has meant that for a while it was very hard to find. Now that production has ramped up the iPad is easy to find in all sorts of locations. The tablet is selling very well and as Apple fans are apt to do, new rumors are already swirling about the next installment of the iPad dubbed the iPad 2.
According to the rumor, the iPad 2 will be landing at the end of February of 2011. The rumor also claims that Foxconn will have in the area of 400,000 to 600,000 iPad 2 units ready to ship at that time. To add a rumor within a rumor the source cited by Redmond Pie claims that the iPad 2 was supposed to land in January, but firmware testing has pushed the launch to February.
OnLive has been making quite a name for themselves in the cloud-based gaming arena and now a new service is out there for those who would rather watch than play. The new OnLive viewer app for the iPad allows members to pick games currently running on their servers and watch the action anywhere.
Actually playing games via the iPad is still in development and won't hit until next year, but this free app will give you a taste of what games could look like on the tablet. You can add new friends, chat, and rank "Brag Clip" gallery highlights from other members. A similar Android app is in the works as well. Check out the demo at the Source Link.
Google's new Chrome OS is a whole lot closer to getting its test drive today. Inventec has begun shipping the CR-48 testing laptop to Google and reports show that the number coming is around 60,000.
This laptop, which comes unbranded, will be divvied out by Google to the lucky beta testers they choose who either signed up through their site or scored one through various other means. There's no branding on this sleek little 12.1" device that comes in all black. Retail models are expected to hit in mid-2011 from Acer and Samsung, provided there's no delays in the current timeline.
Our Download of the Day today is ImgBurn 126.96.36.199.
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!
It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:
Read - Read a disc to an image file
Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc
Write - Write an image file to a disc
Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing
The latest happenings from around the web - December 8th, 2010
- Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H (Intel H67 Chipset) Video Preview @ Funkykit
- Asus Sabertooth X58: a Mainboard for Life (of Your PC) @ XBit Labs
- Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0): High LGA1366 Functionality at Low Cost @ XBit Labs
- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ HT4U
- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE, Phenom II X2 565 BE y Athlon II X3 455 @ CHW
- Futuremark 3DMark 11 Benchmark @ Ninjalane
- A Look at Futuremark's 3DMark 11 @ Techgage
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 @ CHW
Google has just announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to provide 3G wide area network (WAN) coverage on each Google Chrome OS device. Each device will receive 100MB of data for free each month for two years.
Google's Chromebook is part of this and has been seen as a cloud computing device, a device that gives users the option to stay connected to the web via the browser constantly.